On Tuesday, Apple countersued Fortnite-maker Epic Games asking for lost App Store fees and other damages while seeking an order to stop the game maker from operating its own in-app payment system.
Apple and Epic have been in a legal battle since August, when the maker of the popular game launched its own in-app payment system to circumvent what it called Apple’s monopolistic practices. Apple’s App Store requires developers to use Apple’s payment system and pay a 30% commission.
Apple blocked Epic’s ability to distribute updates or new apps through the App Store, and Epic sued Apple alleging that its App Store practices violate antitrust laws. The court allowed Apple to block Epic from distributing new titles as the case plays out, but the existing version of “Fortnite” still works, as does Epic’s payment system.
Apple’s filing on Tuesday asks for monetary damages for Epic’s payment system, seeking “restitution and disgorgement of all earnings, profits, compensation, benefits, and other ill-gotten gains obtained by Epic as a result of its conduct.” The company also asked for damages for harm to its reputation from frustrated “Fortnite” players and a public relations campaign Epic launched against Apple… Apple also sought a court order that would force Epic to disable its own payment system in “Fortnite” on Apple devices.
MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, under App Store rules, Apple is entitled to damages from Epic Games’ continued flouting of the developer terms to which they agreed in order to use Apple’s App Store to distribute Fortnite to iOS users. Clearly, Epic Games wants all of the benefits afforded to it by Apple’s App Store for free. The courts should put a stop to it posthaste.