Fortnite: Epic Games set for court fight with Apple to break its control from its marketplace

Fortnite: Epic Games vs Apple App Store
Fortnite: Epic Games vs Apple App Store

Fortnite: Epic Games set for a court fight with Apple to break its control from its marketplace: Fornite maker, Epic Games will clash with tech giant Apple in federal court to break its grip on its online app store. The battle between Epic Games and Apple started last year when Apple removed Fortnite from their AppStore. They stated that it is against the policies of the Apple App store to support in-game payment. Apple App Store didn’t allow any game or app to support in-game payment gateway. They charged 30 percent for each payment through the app store.

In the case of an app or game supporting the in-game payment gateway, the whole revenue will directly go to the game developer company. There will be no share for Apple App Store, due to this issue Apple decided to remove Fortnite from their platform. Later they also restricted the download of Fortnite on iOS & Mac devices. During the recent hearing of the court case, Apple came up with the pressure from multiple applications and games after the Epic Games case. 

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Every game and app maker does not want to pay any fee to Apple App Store. Both firms are debating on only one topic whether Apple has the right to control the payment system, receive 30 percent of revenue, and set ground rules.

Apple is not the only app store that is controlling in-game payment systems. Google Play Store also controls the payment and takes a share of that. Epic games are ready to back again on Apple App Store without being forced to use. 

Apple does not allow to download any app or game from third-party platfroms or directly from the officials. Game or App developers have to use the current payment system of the Apple App Store. If any player already has the game on iOS devices, they will not be available for access to the latest updates of the game. Due to legal issue, Fortnite users who are using iOS devices will not get the game updates. 

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said, “After months of dueling legal filings, a trial before District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is to begin with Epic laying out its case in opening remarks. Apple is to counter with its position before witness testimony begins. The companies agreed to leave the verdict up to the judge instead of a jury.”

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