An Apple spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.
On August 17, Apple threatened to effectively cut off the developer accounts of Epic Games. August 28, which meant that Epic would be unable to develop or sell any games through the app’s App Store, not just Fortnite. After Epic Games, Apple’s rules added a new in-app payment system, which excluded Apple from revenue sharing.
Apple’s threat means Epic Games will also be unable to develop for the unrealistic engine that Epic Games provides to other developers who make games on the platform. At the time, Epic Games said the move was “attacking Epic’s entire business in unrelated territories.”
The court agrees on that front, at least for now.
In a temporary restraining order, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers stated that, “with respect to the speed of Epic Games like its games, including Fortnite, Epic Games has not yet demonstrated irreparable damage,” and that the “current predicate of it. Seem to be “making themselves.” ”
An Epic Games spokesman was not immediately available to comment.
However, the court said that Epic Games was able to show that the cancellation of its developer tool would cause irreparable damage. Epic International has separate developer program license agreements with Apple and those agreements have not been breached.
The court said, “The parties’ dispute over the partisan allegations in relation to the app store can be easily understood.” “Apple has chosen to act critically, and in doing so, has impacted non-parties and third-party developer ecosystems.”
The court reasoned, “The record covers both potentially significant damage to the Unreal Engine platform and to the gaming industry, typically both third-party developers and gamers.” “Epic Games and Apple are free to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not cause havoc to the audience. Certainly, during the period of a temporary ban order, status citations in this regard are to be maintained needed.”
The trial is expected to last several months, if not years. The full hearing is scheduled for Monday, September 28.