Epic and Apple are both making the same argument about the other side in new court filing
Apple denounces a number of reasons why Epic is the bad guy in this case
Apple says that thanks to its short-term support, Fortnight has been a huge success, with 130 million downloads in 174 countries. Epic has been given the opportunity to deposit more than half a billion dollars in the bank. Although Apple’s comments seem to believe that Epic is indebted with great gratitude, in April the game developer wrote an article thanking the tech giant for its support and promotion of the Fortnight events. But that changed a few months later, and Apple says Epic has suddenly taken advantage of listing app stores and not paid for them. The technology maker received a letter from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney. It called for all the benefits of being listed on the App Store to be given to Epic, and customers should be able to pay for Epic directly through Apple. In addition to paying Apple to list Fortnight’s App Store, Epic wanted Apple’s blessing to launch its own competitive app store.
Apple claims that Epic used All Trojan Horse to smuggle a link to Epic’s direct payment system at a low price
On August 3, a new version of Fortnight was released in the App Store, and Apple included hidden software that allowed users to bypass Apple and purchase within the app via Epic. To prove that it is not a monopoly, the company says there is fierce competition for devices, platforms and applications. Fortnight users can carry their V-Bucks on at least six different mobile, PC and game consoles.
We are now at the point where Apple claims that every action taken against Epic is for legitimate business purposes. Both sides argue that the other party is trying to work hard at it without getting paid. Apple says it will use the tools that Epic offers to Fortnight from its App Store list without paying a 30% discount on that privilege. Epic says, “Epic game players, created from the work of Epic’s artists, designers and engineers, have repeatedly made statements about Apple stealing to the point of making an extraordinary claim that Epic’s collection is something that belongs to Apple.”
Judge Rogers said the case is set to return to court next summer. Order your popcorn now!