Apple files lawsuit against Fortnite’s developer Epic Games, seeking damages
On 13th August, The world’s most loved Battle Royale was no longer available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. The game was removed from App store and Playstore on Thursday for violating their rules as Epic Games had introduced a new way to purchase V-Bucks in-game via “Epic direct payment,” a route that offered players a 20% discount.
Immediately afterward, Fortnite maker Epic Games filed separate antitrust lawsuits against the two companies. Epic also staked out its position with a cheeky parody of “1984,” Apple’s famous Super Bowl commercial from that year.
Apple files countersuit against Epic
In a legal battle against Epic Games, Apple has filed a countersuit claiming that the company behind Fortnite is in breach of contract. “Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply wants to pay nothing for the tremendous value it derives from the App Store. Epic’s lawsuit is nothing more than a basic disagreement over money.” Apple wrote in its suit. Apple called Epic Games’ motive “willful, brazen, and unlawful.”
Apple says that the real motive of Epic Games is to get special treatment from App Store. The tech giant also said that Fortnite developer got access to special tools, marketing opportunities, software and most importantly, access to Apple customers through the App Store.
In a statement, Epic had said that it just might revoke Apple app developers from using Unreal Engine, which is the base of loads of apps on the Apple app store.