On Tuesday, Apple Fortnite maker Epic Games asked about lost App Store fees and other damages while seeking an order to stop the game maker from operating its own in-app payment system.
Stephen Nellis for Reuters:
Apple and Epic have been in a legal battle since August, when the manufacturer of the popular game launched its own payment system in the app to circumvent what it called Apple’s monopolistic practice. Apple’s App Store requires developers to use Apple’s payment system and pay a 30% commission.
Apple blocked Epic’s ability to distribute updates or new apps through the App Store, and Epic sued Apple, claiming that App Store practices violated antitrust law. The court allowed Apple to prevent Epic from distributing new titles while the case unfolds, but the existing version of “Fortnite” still works, as does Epic’s payment system.
Apple’s archive on Tuesday asks for financial damages to Epic’s payment system, seeking “repayment and return of all income, profits, compensation, benefits and other ill-gotten gains made by Epic as a result of the conduct.” The company also sought compensation for damage to the reputation of frustrated “Fortnite” players and a PR campaign that Epic launched against Apple … Apple also sought a court order that would force Epic to disable its own payment system in “Fortnite” on Apple devices. .
MacDailyNews Take: Apparently, under App Store rules, Apple is entitled to compensation from Epic Games’ continued termination of the developer terms they agreed to use Apple’s App Store to distribute Fortnite to iOS users. It’s clear that Epic Games will have all the benefits it provides Apple’s App Store for free. The courts should stop it as soon as possible.