Apple Excludes Epic’s ‘Fortnite’ From App Store Until All Court Appeals End


Sept. 22 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) blacklisted “Fortnite” from the iPhone maker’s popular app store for several years until all legal actions are completed, said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney on Wednesday.

Epic Games’ opening brief in its appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is due December 12, court filing says, and Apple’s response is expected by January 20, 2022 The full appeal process could take years.

Sweeney took to Twitter on Wednesday, calling for Apple’s decision and said the company will continue to battle the tech giant.

“This is another extraordinary anti-competitive move from Apple, demonstrating its power to reshape markets and pick winners and losers,” Sweeney said. said on twitter.

The two companies have been in a legal dispute since August last year, when the game maker tried to bypass Apple’s 30% charge on certain in-app purchases on the App Store by launching its own payment system. integrated.

The U.S. tech giant faces a slew of other legal and regulatory challenges over the rules it forces game makers to follow, including the closely watched antitrust lawsuit brought by Epic Games.

Apple has confirmed the authenticity of the letter Sweeney shared, but declined to comment further. Apple has yet to say whether it will seek a stay of the injunction pending the appeal process.

“Epic committed an intentional breach of contract and breach of trust by hiding Apple’s code and making false statements and omissions,” the iPhone maker told Epic Games, according to the letter shared by Sweeney.

Developers have long criticized Apple’s 15-30% commissions on many App Store purchases, which some developers see as an opaque and unpredictable app verification process.

Earlier this month, a U.S. federal judge overturned some of Apple’s App Store rules, forcing the company to allow developers to send their users to other payment systems in a partial victory for Epic Games and other app makers. Read more

Apple shares rose 1.3% to $ 145.26 on Wednesday.

Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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