Epic Games and Apple have been in a legal fight since August. Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their respective app stores after Epic introduced an update that allows users to purchase in-game currency at a lower rate directly from their payment system, bypassing the app store’s payment system and thus denying iOS and Android manufacturers the 30% cut assumes all transactions that take place through their respective app stores.
Epic on Friday, in its counter-argument against Apple’s allegations, told a US court that the allegations “are a far cry from the tortuous, even allegedly criminal conduct described by Apple’s opposition.” The company said: “Simply put, Epic hasn’t stolen anything that belonged to Apple.”
“Apple’s repeated claims of theft boil down to the extraordinary assertion that Epic’s collection of payments by Epic game players to enjoy the work of Epic’s artists, designers and engineers is the taking of something that belongs to Apple.” , Epic had said in its filing as quoted by The Verge.
Apple previously said it would seek damages against Epic for allegedly violating its contract with the iOS App Store. Apple claims there were legitimate business reasons for its actions.
“At all times, (Apple’s) conduct was reasonable and … its actions were taken in good faith to promote legitimate business interests and had the effect of promoting, encouraging and increasing competition,” the complaint says. Apple in court. “Epic’s flagrant disregard for its contractual commitments and other misconduct has caused significant damage to Apple.”
Epic had also revealed to the court that Apple had threatened to close the developer account used to support the company’s Unreal Engine platform, which would have prevented Epic from developing future games for iOS or Mac.
Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted an injunction preventing Apple from retaliating against Unreal Engine, but refused to grant an injunction that would have restored Fortnite to Apple’s App Store. .
Epic Games reiterated that with Fortnite it has not “stolen” anything that belonged to Apple. The company told the court that Apple’s claims are unfair.
- Epic Games in its latest court statement stated that Apple is not entitled to the fruits of its labor.
- Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their app stores in August.
- The contention is over buying in-game currency, and Apple tries to cut it by 30%.