Epic Games asks court to prevent what it describes as Apple’s ‘retaliation’

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Epic Games have said they has asked a court to prevent what it saw as Apple Inc’s retaliation from the Fortnite creator after the iPhone maker terminated Epic Games’ developer account on its App Store.

Epic Games filed for a preliminary injunction that would put its game back in the App Store and restore its developer account.

It argued that Epic Games is “likely to suffer irreparable harm” in the absence of a preliminary injunction and that “the balance of harms tips sharply in Epic’s favour”.

The filing described the iPhone maker as a “monopolist” that maintains its monopolies by “explicitly prohibiting any competitive entry”.

Late last week, Apple terminated Epic Games’ accounts on its own App Store amid a legal battle over the iPhone maker’s in-app payment instructions and accusations that they constitute a monopoly.

Apple said last week its movement won’t impact Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, a software tool relied on by hundreds of other app makers.

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But the move meant iPhone users will not be able to download Fortnite or other Epic titles through the Apple App Store.

“This was a clear warning to any other developer that would dare challenge Apple’s monopolies: follow our rules or we will cut you off from a billion iOS consumers – challenge us and we will destroy your business,” Epic Games said in Friday’s filing.

Apple pulled Epic Games after the popular games creator implemented a feature to let iPhone users make in-app purchases directly, rather than using Apple’s in-app purchase system, which charges commissions of 30%.

Apple had said it would allow Fortnite back into the store if Epic removed the direct payment feature. But Epic refused to do so, saying complying with Apple’s request would be”to collude with Apple to keep their monopoly over in-app obligations on iOS.”

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru. Editing by Ros Russell.

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