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Appeal To Court To Stop Apple's 'Retaliation' Against It Made By Fortnite Creator Epic Games

Appeal To Court To Stop Apple's 'Retaliation' Against It Made By Fortnite Creator Epic Games
A court in the United States has been requested by Epic Games to prevent what it claims is retaliation against the Fortnite creator by Apple Inc after the iPhone maker had terminated Epic Games' account on its App Store, said the video game maker recently.
An application with the court for a preliminary injunction which will allow the reinstatement of the its game back in the App Store and restore its developer account was filed by Epic Games. The games developer had approached the United States District Court for the Northern District of California where it has also filed its latest application.
In the court filing, the game maker argued that Epic Games is "likely to suffer irreparable harm" if the court did not order a preliminary injunction in its favour and that "the balance of harms tips sharply in Epic's favor".
In the filing, the game developer also described the iPhone maker as a "monopolist" and said such a monopoly was maintained by Apple by "explicitly prohibiting any competitive entry".
In the wake of a legal battle over the iPhone maker's in-app payment guidelines and the accusations by Epic Games that the iPhone maker’s app store rules is completely monopolistic in nature, Apple terminated Epic Games' account on its App Store about 10 days ago.
Epic Games' Unreal Engine, which is a software tool that is used and relied upon by hundreds of other app makers, will not be affected by the removal of the game developer’s account form its app store. Apple had said while removing Epic Game’s account.
But the removal of Epic Game’s account from Apple’s app store meant that users of iPhones will now 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 its most recent court filing.
The action against Epic Games by Apple was taken after the game creator implemented a feature for its widely popular game Fortnite for iPhone users that allowed the users to make in-app purchases directly instead of making the purchase through the App Store and Apple’s in-app purchase system – against which Apple charges a commission of 30 per cent.
If Epic Games removed the direct payment feature, Apple would allow Fortnite back into its app store, the iPhone maker has said previously. But Epic refused that offer and argued that meeting the demand of apple would be "to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS."

Christopher J. Mitchell

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