“To be clear, Epic does not force Apple to provide distribution and processing services for free, nor does Epic want to enjoy Apple services without paying for them. What Epic wants is for the Apple Store or IAP Do not use, and instead use and provide, competition services. ” It says Epic in its initial request from Friday.
In the latest development between Epic Games and Apple, Epic is once again petitioning the courts to allow Fortnite to return to the iOS store. Epic had previously sought a similar injunction, but so far, the courts have chosen only to protect Epic’s unrealistic engine from Apple’s vengeance. Epic’s unrealistic engine prides itself on a vast ecosystem, and there will be a lot of collateral damage if trapped in a legal battle between Epic and Apple.
While the unrealistic engine appears to be shielded from the spillover, it can already do a certain amount of damage. Epic Games previously stated that developers are abandoning the Unreal Engine platform because the future is uncertain within Apple’s boundary wall. This is also a point in Epic’s order filing, stating that both the Epic and Unreal engines will suffer irreparable damage without legal intervention.
“From now on, developers are wondering if Unreal Engine will still be a viable platform to build their applications. There is no way to estimate the loss from an industry-wide shift away from Unreal Engine. Only an initial one. Prohibition can bring the certain level that developers want. Therefore, Epic needs to protect its business, ”says Epic.
Epic declares that it is reasonably fit to challenge Apple in the app distribution and in-app payment processing markets, and believes that it is likely to succeed based on the merits of the case that Apple’s The actions violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. Despite this, Epic maintains that it is not immune to the damage, and is seeking relief while facing Apple.
“Meanwhile to enable Epic to meet this challenge without irreparable damage from Epic’s vengeance, Epic respectfully requested the court to stop Apple from answering further and thus far Apple Requesting a preliminary injunction to avoid retaliation. “
However, Epic meanwhile is also concerned about Fortnite’s long-term health, in the event that it remains absent from the iOS App Store, which is why it is asking the courts to reverse Apple’s actions so far.
The number of daily active users on iOS has decreased by more than 60% since Fortnite was removed from the App Store. The expulsion has already caused damage to Epic’s reputation and irreparable damage. The platform will lead Epic customers by gathering everywhere for users as Fortnite’s constant losses. Glitches occur. Epic may not see these users again, ”Epic explains.
Epic’s battle with Apple resumed in August, when Epic began in-app payment processing to offer a 30% discount on in-game purchases from Apple and Google. Apple similarly responded by launching Fortnite from the iOS App Store, and Google quickly followed suit and forced Fortnite out of the Play Store. Since then, Epic has fought a legal battle with two companies, and it is not over yet.
Meanwhile, the European Commission is currently conducting an ongoing antitrust investigation involving Apple’s App Store practices.