Epic Games has once again failed to force Apple to offer Fortnite in the company’s App Store while the game developer pursues its sinister and contrived antitrust requirements.
Edvard Pettersson for Bloomberg:
A federal judge in Oakland, California, on Friday rejected Epic’s bid for a preliminary injunction that would have required Apple to reintroduce Battle Royale video games in the App Store ̵1; and allowed Epic to use its own payment option. Apple had removed Fortnite in August after Epic set up an alternative payment for in-game purchases that bypassed Apple’s payment system.
This is Epic’s second setback in the lawsuit alleging that Apple runs the App Store as an illegal monopoly because developers are barred from making iPhone and iPad apps available through their own websites.
The judge reiterated his position that Epic is difficult to create because it broke the contract with Apple by inserting a hotfix in Fortnite to bypass Apple’s payment system. Epic flatly rejected the referee’s suggestion that if Epic put Fortnite back on Apple without the hotfix, Apple’s 30% of in – game purchases would be placed in a blocked account until the case is decided during the trial, according to the ruling.
“We are grateful that the court acknowledged that Epic’s actions were not in the best interests of its own customers, and that any issues they may have experienced were of their own nature when they breached the agreement,” Apple said in a statement.
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