Apple, a $2 trillion company, not only refused to change its lucrative business model, but was also ejected from the App Store. Apple also wanted to cut Epic to access its development tool program, which would have influenced all applications using Epics` Unreal engine. While a court granted Epic`s request for an injunction that prevented Apple from doing so until a hearing next month, it would not force Apple to return Fortnite to the App Store. As a result, the game remains banned, so iOS and macOS players can`t update their apps around the just-released season 4. It also means they can only play other Apple users who are also stuck in Season 3, like the rest of the Fortnite Community Update for the new season. For its part, Apple said Fortnite would return to the App Store if it follows the store`s sales conditions. In a slight easing of the status quo, the next iOS 14 will allow users to define third-party apps as the default messaging and web browsing apps for the first time. But these concessions have also fuelled developer complaints that Apple`s rules are applied arbitrarily and that some companies are favored over others. Epic seemed to know that the ban was coming, and announced that he had filed a complaint a few minutes after the distance. Epic said that all iPhone players who have already installed the app should be able to continue playing until the next update to the game takes place. Then they lose certain functions. After the Epic complaint, Facebook – which has its own cartel issues – took the train and claimed that the Apple tax would hurt sites and businesses that use Facebook`s new feature for paid events. Facebook is asking Apple to temporarily waive its commission because Facebook is giving up its own commissions for the new feature for a year and buying back all paid events on the pages they offer.
The social media giant has framed this as a way to help companies that have faced the Covid 19 pandemic and, as a result, Apple`s refusal to waive the levy could be seen as detrimental to these companies. Epic Games sued Apple in mid-August, claiming that the company`s App Store practices were contrary to the Sherman Act. Epic says that Apple`s requirement that all mobile apps go through its App Store (and the 30 percent of Apple`s charges on app sales and in-app purchases) is a monopoly, and that Epic – along with its fellow developers and their customers – should have alternatives. On September 8, Apple responded and asked a federal judge to pay him damages. Those on an Apple Mac computer are not affected because this version does not use the iOS App Store. Apple will seek damages from Epic Games for alleged violation of the iOS App Store, which will lead to a further escalation of the ongoing litigation between the two companies. The measure was presented in a filing filed Tuesday, along with counter-complaints for unjust enrichment and illegal interference in Apple`s relationship with its customers. She denied that her 30% commission was anti-competitive and said the fight was «a fundamental disagreement over money.» Epics` complaint accuses Apple of being a «giant that seeks to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation.» Apple has reiterated its offer for Fortnite to return to its App Store as long as Epic removes the payment system contrary to its rules.
«All of this alleged violation, for which Epic is seeking emergency assistance, could disappear tomorrow if Epic recovers from its breakup,» Apple said in its statement.