"Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply wants to pay nothing for the tremendous value it derives from the App Store", writes Apple in its suit.
The latest legal volley, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, continues an ongoing saga between the two companies that began in August. Nor was she persuaded that Epic will suffer great harm from having Fortnite removed from the App Store.
In a response to the August lawsuit filed by Epic Games, Apple called those arguments "self-righteous" and "self-interested". Apple says that it also provided advertising each time Epic released a new season for Fortnite, offering "free promotion and favorable tweets" to more than 500 million end users. This move violated both Apple and Google's app store policies, the tech giants said, and Fortnite was pulled from both iOS and Android devices.
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". "For too long, developers have not spoken out because they fear Apple's retaliation". The company pointed us to its previous statements on the matter. Epic has refused. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates created to violate the guidelines of the App Store.
Gizmodo reached out to Apple for comment on the preliminary injunction filed on Friday.
Regarding Epic's developer account, Apple has said that it was disappointed that it had had to terminate it, highlighting that it had worked with the company for many years.
This complaint invokes similar complaints to other developers who have accused Apple of behaving like "gangsters" through its control of the App Store. The full court filing is embedded below, and for a court document, it offers an interesting and comprehensive look into Apple's perspective on the whole Epic situation.
As you all probably already guessed, Apple did not take kindly to Epic blatantly breaking its rules.
Apple later upped the ante by kicking out every other app made by Epic. Further calling Apple's decision harmful towards Fortnite players and customers. the company claims that over 210 million players can't play Fortnite on Apple devices anymore and that those devices were the only way for these users to access the battle royale. Since new shows and movies are limited because of the global pandemic we're living in, at least we still get to see a real-life soap opera between billionaires in the meantime.