Apple filed a countersuit Fortnite Developer Epic Games on Tuesday. In response to Epic Games ‘complaint for injunctive relief, Apple’s lawyers denied many of Epic Games’ claims and called the company’s conduct “willful, shameless and unlawful”.
In August, Epic Games implemented a new payment system Fortnite, Designed to circumvent Apple’s own – and the 30% reduction Apple does with it. In response, Apple removed Fortnite From the App Store, and Epic Games sued. A similar incident occurred with Google and its Google Play Store. Apple initially threatened to completely cut Epic Games from its iOS and Mac developer tools, including the Unreal Engine. The last time Epic Games and Apple were in court (via Zoom), Apple received a partial victory: Apple may revoke access to the developer tools for Epic Games Fortnite, But not unrealistic engines. For Epic Games, it was also a partial victory. The two companies will meet again on September 28 for a hearing regarding the preliminary injunction.
“Epic’s lawsuit is nothing more than a basic disagreement on money,” Apple wrote in its 67-page response. “Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply does not want to pay anything for the tremendous value it receives from the App Store.” Apple reported that Epic Games raised more than $ 600 million through the App Store.
Apple continued the idea that Epic Games is seeking special treatment from Apple’s App Store rules, which apply fees for payments processed through the App Store. Apple called Epic Games “external payment runners”, which were implemented through “hotfixes,” “cold-blooded” and “more than piracy.” It added that Epic Games’ “Free Fournight” campaign would change the scenario to ‘vengeance’ rather than implementing Apple’s contracted policies. Apple said it was part of Epic Games.
The company also highlighted the business practices of Epic Games, as opposed to the narrative they had created.
Apple continued: “Epic’s demand for special treatment and cries of ‘vengeance’ cannot be reconciled with its major breach of contract and its own business practices, as it would by taking commissions on sales of game developers and Charges $ for $ 99.99. ‘V-Bucks.’
Epic Games has not responded to Polygon’s request for comment.
The Apple and Epic Games are scheduled to meet in court on 28 September.