Apple is a monopoly. With these words, which were not exactly about compensation, the lawyers from Epic Games opened an injunction that they submitted on September 4, 2020. The court is supposed to force Apple to release the action game Fortnite again for download in the App Store.
Epic Games argues in the document that Apple‘s ban on Fortnite at Epic Games is causing irreparable damage in the long term and harming customers.
There are currently around 350 million registered players worldwide. The number of daily active players on mobile devices with iOS has decreased.
Epic Games installed its own payment system in Fortnite in mid-August 2020 and thus – indisputably – violated the rules of the App Store. That’s why Apple removed the action game from its ecosystem.
Fortnite – Marvel Universe
Version 13.40 can still be used on devices with iOS. New installation and especially updates are not possible. On all other platforms, there has been a new version since the end of August 2020, in which superheroes from the Marvel universe appear, among other things.
Owners of iPhones and iPads cannot compete with Iron Man and Thor – and also cannot participate in games with their friends on other platforms. According to Epic Games, this affects up to 116 million players – that’s how many registered users Fortnite has specifically on iOS, which is the most important platform for the title. 63 percent of the players on iOS used Fortnite exclusively on the supported Apple devices.
By excluding Fortnite from the App Store, Apple also prevents Epic Games from implementing its long-term plans for the game. The further development of the game into a comprehensive metaverse, a “multi-purpose, permanent and interactive virtual space,” writes Epic Games.
According to Epic Games, the damage caused by Apple for this project is so great that it can no longer be calculated.
Apple has not yet commented publicly on the injunction or the new allegations. The next regular hearing in court is planned for the end of September 2020.
Google Play Store
In addition to the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store is also affected by a similar dispute. However, Android users can sideload the latest version onto their smartphones.