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Epic Games demand Apple add Fortnite back after losing 60% of users

Epic Games demand Apple add Fortnite back after losing 60% of users

The Verge Epic Games have filed an injunction as part of their latest effort to get Fortnite back on Apple's App Store. "By eliminating many of these players from Fortnite, and blocking Fortnite's ability to access over a billion iOS users, Apple is irreparably harming Epic's chances".

"We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store".

In case you've missed it, the brawl between Epic and Apple began in August when the video game developer chose to forgo Apple's in-app purchasing system in its App Store and let users buy V bucks, Fortnite's in-game currency, directly from Epic. In late August, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that while Apple could kick Fortnite out of the App Store, it could not remove Epic's Unreal Engine.

But it did not back down from its fight against Apple, stating that the tech giant "is a monopolist".

This prompted Epic Games to file lawsuits against both Apple and Google.

One of the biggest differences that Google is citing is that, while Apple only allows the distribution of apps through its own App Store, Android devices can have multiple app stores installed and users are able to sideload apps via the internet. What caused this battle was the 30% Apple "Tax", the 30% cut of in-app purchases that Apple collects on purchases run through its in-app payment system.

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This follows after Apple blocked Fortnite from the App Store, which now prevents iOS players from updating to new versions. Players will now be left behind on Chapter 2 Season 3 while everyone else moves on.

But this violated the terms and conditions that Epic agreed to when signing with Apple to have Fortnite listed in the App Store. Nor was she persuaded that Epic will suffer great harm from having Fortnite removed from the App Store.

Epic retaliated by launching a campaign against Apple by suing the company and releasing a video titled Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite as a jab at Apple's famous 1984 ad. And so started the hashtag #FreeFortnite.

Google has also pointed out that the case between Epic Games and Apple is being handled on an expedited schedule - something the judge queried when awarding the partial injunction, observing: "It is not clear why now became so urgent". If it isn't, the countersuit may put Epic in rather a bad spot - not just owing Apple millions but unable to pull this trick again.

As it wrote in the original filing about two weeks ago, Epic says that it is "likely to succeed on the merits", and notes that Apple's rules give it monopoly-like power in distributing iOS apps and processing in-app payments.

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