Last August, Epic introduced a new direct payment system in the popular Fortnite game to bypass Apple’s 30 percent fee, and for that, Apple banned the Fortnite game from its own app store.
Apple considered the move a breach of the App Store rules, which led to Epic filing a civil suit against Apple, alleging that the latter was in violation of antitrust law.
Epic also revealed that Apple had threatened to terminate the developer account used to support the company’s Unreal Engine platform, which would prevent IPC from developing future games for iOS or Mac, but the US court preemptively stopped that step.
And earlier this month, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued an injunction preventing Apple from retaliating against Unreal Engine, but at the same time she refused to issue an injunction that would have restored Fortnite in the Apple App Store.Meanwhile, Apple said it would seek damages against Epic for alleged breaching its contract with the iOS App Store, and the lawsuit included counter-claims for illicit enrichment and malicious interference in Apple’s relationship with its customers.
Apple asserts that there are legitimate commercial reasons for its actions, and the lawsuit states: “At all times, Apple’s behavior was reasonable, and its actions were taken in good faith to promote legitimate commercial interests, and it had an impact in promoting, encouraging and increasing competition.”
“APIC’s blatant disregard of its contractual obligations, and other misconduct, has caused significant damage to Apple,” the Apple statement added.
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