Epic Games won’t back down against Apple after Fortnite Ban
Epic Games doesn’t back down from a fight with Apple even when Fortnite stays out of the App Store. A day after saying that Apple had no rights to “the fruit of Epic’s labor” in court documents, CEO Tim Sweeney took photos of Apple on Twitter while responding to user comments on the ongoing court case. Apple had pulled Fortnite from the App Store in August after Epic Games enabled the option for players to pay directly to the game developer for in-app purchases, in an attempt to avoid the 30 percent fee charged by Apple.
“What is most disturbing about Apple’s position is that they seem to truly believe that they ‘own’ all of the commerce that involves the phones they make, characterizing direct payment as theft, smuggling and even shoplifting. It’s a crazy and wrong view, ”Sweeney wrote on Twitter yesterday. In one of several responses to comments on his post, he said that just because Apple sold a phone does not give him the right to tax and control the person who bought the phone.
Epic has engaged in a fierce #FreeFortnite Bell against Google and Apple for what it describes is a fight against “anti-competitive restrictions in the mobile device market.” However, Federal District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers upon hearing his case against Apple did not grant a court order that could allow Fortnite to be unlocked on the App Store.
Apple has maintained that its action to remove Fortnite from its App Store was fair. The company recently said that its conduct was reasonable, that its actions were carried out in good faith to promote legitimate business interests, and had the effect of promoting, encouraging, and increasing competition. “Epic’s blatant disregard for its contractual commitments and other misconduct has caused significant harm to Apple,” Apple’s Verge quoted. court filings on Friday.
The attorneys representing Epic Games in the lawsuit against Apple were cited in a report by TechCrunch, saying that Epic had violated some of the contractual restrictions that Apple imposes on iOS developers because they were illegal. “Epic chose to take a stand against Apple’s monopoly to illustrate that competition could exist on iOS, and that consumers would welcome and benefit from it. Epic did so without notice to Apple because otherwise Apple would have used its monopoly control to prevent such competition from occurring, ”the attorneys said according to the report.
But Apple isn’t just on the wrong side of Epic Games these days. Facebook games thrown out Recently, as a cloud service that offers titles like Asphalt 9 that are launched directly from the social network for Android users, it is not on iOS devices. Play Vice President Jason Rubin tweeted yesterday saying that Apple had rejected multiple requests for approval of its iOS cloud concepts.
While Apple hasn’t issued a response to Ruben’s accusations of blocking the use of Facebook games on iOS devices, Judge Rogers has. reportedly recommended that a jury trial be held sometime in July 2021 to resolve the civil lawsuit brought against him by Epic Games.