Epic Asks Court To Force Apple To Put Fortnite Back Into The App Store
It’s been a little more than a week since Apple removed Epic Games’ developer account, removing all of its games from the App Store in the process. Now, Epic has asked a court to undo what it calls “retaliation” force Apple to put Fortnite, at least, back.
According to a Reuters report, Epic has filed a preliminary injunction seeking exactly that, saying that it is “likely to suffer irreparable harm” if Fortnite isn’t put back into the App Store.
It also says that Apple’s moves should be seen as nothing more than “a clear warning” to other developers as to what could happen if the company is challenged.
“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.
However, Epic is ignoring the fact that it was warned that its developer account would be removed if it didn’t remove its in-app purchase circumvention from Fortnite. It didn’t do that, so the developer account was removed. Apple isn’t doing anything that it hasn’t already told Epic it would do. Epic also broke App Store rules knowingly, so it’s difficult to believe it’s trying to claim it’s being hard done by.
With Fortnite now missing from the App Store, millions of iPhone and iPad gamers are left with no access to the game. Anyone with it already installed can still play, but they can’t enjoy the most recent updates or content. At this point the only ones being put out having not done anything wrong are games.