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 vs Apple
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.
Apple has terminated Epic Games’ developer account today as it had initially said after the developer had violated the App Store guidelines by adding a direct payment method to Fortnite. Apple had already removed Fortnite from the App Store after the violation but this move also affects other games from Epic Games that were available on the App Store.
After Epic Games violated App Store policies by introducing a direct payment service in Fortnite, Apple had not only removed the game from its app distribution platform but it also warned the game developer that it will Terminate its App Store developer account by August 28th if the game developer doesn’t fix the violations.
The standoff between Epic Games and Apple doesn’t seem like ending any time soon. Epic now says that it will not be releasing upcoming Fortnite season for iOS and Mac. Apple has reportedly banned Epic from issuing new updates or new Fortnite installs. Earlier this month, Fortnite was removed from App Store after it offered direct in-app purchase thus effectively bypassing App Store fees.
Epic Games had filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Apple to prevent the Cupertino-based tech giant from terminating the game maker’s developer account and reinstating Fortnite on the App Store for iOS. After the hearing in court about the motion of TRO, Judge Gonzalez Rogers had sided with Apple, putting Epic Games in a tricky position. But Apple is now ready to ‘Welcome Fortnite Back Onto iOS,’ according to the company’s latest statement.
Judge Denies Epic’s Demand to Reinstate Fortnite on the App Store, Orders Apple Not to Terminate Company’s Developer Account
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ruled that Apple will not have to reinstate Fortnite on the App Store. However, she has also ruled that the company cannot block Epic Games from providing Unreal Engine tech to other companies and delete its subsidiary accounts.
Apple vs Epic Games: Judge Inclined to Agree With Apple About the Removal of Fortnite From App Store
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers who is overseeing the Apple vs Epic Games case in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. In the initial hearing itself, the judge made it clear that Fortnite’s removal from the App Store is Epic’s own doing and that the “irreparable harm” has been created by the company itself.