INTRO: Following Apple and Google‘s decision else Fortnite from the App Store and therefore the Play Store, respectively, Epic Games filed antitrust lawsuits against both companies, alleging that they were taking unfair advantage of their dominant market positions. The Fortnite publisher also filed a preliminary injunction against Apple to undertake and obtain its money-spinner back on the App Store.
While the case are going to be up for hearing on September 28, Epic Games has now once more taken legal recourse to form the sport available on iPhones. According to Epic’s latest filing, Fortnite has lost 60% of its players on iOS since its removal from the App Store, leading to a big loss for the corporate . In its filing, Epic lamented that its Fortnite community has been ‘torn apart’ by Apple’s decision, and claimed that many of these users may not come back even after the game in reinstated.
The filing was back to the court’s interim judgement that Apple needn’t reinstall the sport on the App Store until the ultimate verdict because Epic “strategically chose to breach its agreements with Apple”. Given that Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers didn’t seem too impressed with Epic’s arguments earlier, it’ll be interesting to ascertain if she is going to change her mind this point around.
Both Apple and Google banished Fortnite from their respective app stores last month after Epic introduced its new in-game payment processing choice to save the 30% commission that the 2 companies charge for each transaction done through their platforms. Apple has since terminated Epic’s developer accounts on Mac and iOS, and removed all its other games from the platform. The decision also means Fortnite’s fourth season of Chapter 2 isn’t available for players on iPhones and Macs.