Just over a week after Apple shut down the App Store account used by Fortnite, Epic Games is asking a court to stop Apple’s “retaliation”. As reported by Reuters, Epic Games has requested a preliminary injunction to have Fortnite put back on the App Store.
In the archive, Epic Games states that it is “likely to suffer irreparable damage” if Fortnite is not available in the App Store, and that “the balance of damage tips strongly in Epic’s favor.” The filing also describes Apple again as a “monopolist” who maintains its market power by “explicitly prohibiting competition entry.”
Epic also says that Apple’s actions against Fortnite should be seen as a “clear warning” to other developers:
“This was a clear warning to any other developer who would dare to challenge Apple’s monopoly: follow our rules, otherwise we will cut you off from a billion iOS consumers – challenge us and we will destroy your business,” Epic Games said on Friday. archiving.
Epic requested the preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The goal is for Fortnite to be re-introduced in the App Store while the legal battle between Apple and Epic continues.
Apple has said it would welcome Fortnite back to the App Store if Epic removes the direct payment feature from the app. Epic has refused to do so, saying that complying with such a requirement would be “working with Apple to maintain its monopoly over payments in apps on iOS.”
Earlier, a judge ruled that Apple had the basis to terminate Epic’s developer account linked to Fortnite, but that they could not take action against the Unreal Engine account.
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