It’s finally happening. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has set a date of May 3 for the court hearing for the Epic Games versus Apple antitrust lawsuit.
Epic Games vs Apple
A new report in Epic vs Apple legal battle details that the company is trying to seek testimony from Apple’s former iOS software chief, Scott Forstall.
Epic Games, developer of the widely popular game Fortnite, has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union.
After Apple booted Fortnite from the App Store, Epic Games ran a #FreeFortnite campaign. Building further on that campaign, Epic Games has teamed up with Samsung to send “Free Fortnite” goodies to influencers.
The battle between Epic and Apple seems to be far from over. Epic recently asked Apple to restore Fortnite to the App Store, and the filings reveal Apple’s accusation. The Cupertino company argues that Epic’s damages are “entirely self-inflicted,” and Fortnite will be allowed back on App Store once the in-app direct payment system is removed.
Just yesterday, Apple countersued Epic Games. Now the company has tweeted that Apple will not allow Fortnite users to “Sign in with Apple” starting from September 11, 2020. The worst part is that gamers will not be able to play Fortnite on iOS even if they have it already installed. Furthermore, users stand losing their account data and the progress they have made so far.
Apple has filed a countersuit against Epic Games and is seeking damages for breach of contract. Epic Games was the first to drag Apple to court over its App Store policies after Fortnite was removed from the store for adding a direct payment method. Epic, however, lost the temporary restraining order against Apple meaning the latter was not required to put back Fortnite on the App Store.
Epic Games standoff with Apple has undoubtedly been hogging the limelight. Apple removed Fortnite from App Store for offering a direct payment mode to bypass App Store fees. The battle ensued with Epic knocking the court doors. As expected, Epic Vs. Apple battle is costing a lot of money for both companies. Estimates from Buy Shares reveal that Epic Games is losing more than $26 million every month Fortnite continues to be banned on the App Store.
After losing the temporary restraining order against Apple for reinstating Fortnite on the App Store, Epic Games has now asked the court to stop the Cupertino company’s “retaliation” against it and filed a preliminary injunction to restore the game on the App Store and its developer account.
There is no denying that Epic’s Fortnite standoff has garnered a lot of attention. Epic rallied against Apple with a group of developers, and some of the other tech companies like Microsoft are reacting strongly. Amidst the controversy, Germany’s antitrust watchdog is keeping an eye on Apple’s App Store payment row. Moreover, the authorities are likely to open a national inquiry.