On August 25, Patently released a report entitled “US District Judge Temporarily Splits the Rulings in the Apple-Epic Games Battle over the App Store and Unreal Engine.” U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a temporary sentence that Apple does not need to restore Epic Games Fortnite on the App Store until there is a final verdict.
Apparently, the Epic Games boss was not happy with that ruling and went back to court on Friday asking for a preliminary injunction that would put the game back in the App Store and restore the developer account. The filing was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
It argued that Epic Games “is likely to suffer irreparable damage”
The filing described the iPhone maker as a “monopolist” who maintains its monopolies by “explicitly banning any competitive entry.”
Epic’s archive added that “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 ruin your business.” For more read the full Reuters report.
You have to wonder if Representative David Cicilline, the Democrat who leads the high-profile investigation of technology giants, has promised Epic Games chief that Apple will be branded a monopolist and forced to make big changes in the App Store or worse.
Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney basically says that the verdict from judge Rogers in Apple’s favor, which locks Epic Games out of the App Store, will not stand, and then he only gets another judge to decide in his favor as if he is privileged.
Sweeney’s warfare is over the top, as if he already knows that victory will eventually be his, and he flutters his position as he did in Friday’s archive with the court. There are major media outlets that should ask US representative Cicilline what he promised Tim Sweeney before an official decision on the case has been announced.
Sweeney believes that he is already the great monopoly killer, and no one with the right mind will act as Sweeney does without knowing in advance that Cicilline will give him the final victory. Something really stinks here.