This will happen at the earliest when the ongoing litigation with development company Epic Games is over, the iPhone group said. It could be years before.
Apple doesn’t want the popular online game “Fortnite” to return to its app store until the litigation with developer Epic Games is completely over. The iPhone company refused a trade-in request, according to a letter posted by Epic boss Tim Sweeney. Apple mentioned, among other things, Epic’s previous “duplicity” behavior.
In the dispute between Apple and Epic, which has lasted for more than a year, the first judgment was rendered ten days ago. A California judge ruled, among other things, that Apple had the right to ban Epic and “Fortnite” from the App Store.
Epic wanted to enforce the right to operate its own app store on the iPhone and be able to sell digital content to “Fortnite” players after Apple. After Apple insisted on its rules, Epic resorted to a trick. The games company secretly embedded software code into the app, whereby users could purchase “Fortnite” items directly from Epic without commission to Apple. Once the feature was activated, Apple launched “Fortnite” from the App Store. Epic complained about it.
In his judgment, the judge did not touch either the Apple commission of 15 to 30% for sales of digital products, or the fact that the internal app store is the only platform for downloading applications on the Internet. ‘iPhone. However, she decided that in the future, Apple should no longer ban developers from advising users on how to buy the cheaper items outside of the App Store. Epic has appealed the verdict.
At the same time, Sweeney promised in an email to Apple that Epic would abide by the rules that would apply to all developers going forward. “Apple lied,” he scolded after the request was dismissed on Twitter in light of earlier claims from the iPhone company that Epic would be welcome again if the conditions were met.
In the letter to Epic, however, Apple’s attorneys also pointed out that Sweeney claimed after the judgment that they would not abandon their own purchasing system in order to return to the App Store. Apple will only consider additional return requests when the judge’s judgment is final and can no longer be appealed. This process could take five years, criticized Sweeney. There was initially no further comment from Apple.