Epic Games sues Apple over ‘Fortnite’ App Store ban

Epic Games is filing a case against Apple over Fortnite’s ban on the App Store. Apple removed the game last Thursday citing violation of its terms.

Fortnite is currently the best selling game from Epic Games. It is available on all gaming platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile.

However, Fortnite’s reign on the mobile platform is currently in shambles.

Apple claims that Epic Games violated the App Store guidelines when the latter introduced a new way of buying in-game currency.

Fortnite V-Bucks are discounted on all platforms. However, players may only avail of the 20% discount if they are checking out with the “Epic direct purchase” option.

This prompted the immediate ban of the game.

Epic retaliates with a lawsuit

Epic Games filed a complaint that is 60 pages long. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The company also requested a warning order over Apple’s monopoly of apps. The policies of Apple are reportedly anticompetition.

“Apple’s removal of Fortnite is yet another example of Apple flexing its enormous power in order to impose unreasonable restraints and unlawfully maintain its 100% monopoly over the iOS in-app payment processing market,” said Epic.

Alongside the lawsuit, Epic parodied the iconic Apple “1984” ad highlighting Apple as the antagonist.

According to Apple, the company is willing to resolve its problem with Epic. However, the two companies are not in good terms.

Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney took a jab on Apple via its Twitter post.

He said that “Truly, Apple has no right to take any percent of any company’s revenue just because they made the phone people use to access the stuff.”

Besides Apple, Fortnite is also banned in the Google Play Store for the same reason.

Images used courtesy of Pakhomov Andrey/Shutterstock

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