Epic Games Expands Fortnite Legal Dispute With Apple to the UK

Epic Games has submitted a complaint to the United Kingdom's Competition Appeal Tribunal, expanding its Fortnite legal battle with both Apple and Google to another country.

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According to Bloomberg, ‌Epic Games‌ is claiming that Apple's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store was unlawful, and the company is aiming to get Apple to allow Fortnite back into the British ‌App Store‌.

In a statement provided to MacRumors, ‌Epic Games‌ said that the filing with the Competition Appeal Tribunal is "an important argument" that it is making on behalf of consumers and developers in the UK.

Epic Games has launched legal proceedings against Apple and Google in the United Kingdom, expanding its fight to advance fair digital platform practices for consumers and developers.

The legal proceedings, filed in London’s Competition Appeal Tribunal, allege the conduct of both Apple and Google in their respective app stores is an abuse of a dominant position and in breach of the UK’s competition laws, substantially reducing competition in app distribution and payment processes.

We believe that this is an important argument to make on behalf of consumers and developers in the UK and around the world who are impacted by Apple and Google’s misuse of market power. We look forward to making our case on January 21.

Epic is not seeking damages from Apple or Google in the UK, Australia or the US, it is simply seeking fair access and competition that will benefit all consumers.

Similar arguments from ‌Epic Games‌ have not worked in the U.S., where Fortnite and Apple have been embroiled in an increasingly bitter legal fight since August. In the U.S., ‌Epic Games‌ asked for a preliminary injunction to keep Fortnite on the ‌App Store‌, but was denied because its removal was caused by ‌Epic Games‌ and could have been reversed if ‌Epic Games‌ followed the ‌App Store‌ rules.

‌Epic Games‌ in August added a Fortnite update that allowed customers to purchase in-game currency directly from Epic, skirting Apple's in-app purchases. That is against Apple's rules, and the move led Apple to pull the app from the App Store.

After that, ‌Epic Games‌ filed a planned lawsuit against Apple, and Apple ultimately terminated ‌Epic Games‌' developer account. Fortnite has not been available on iOS devices since August, and as Epic refuses to comply with the ‌App Store‌ rules, there is no path for it to return to the ‌App Store‌.

Apple and Epic will face off in court in July 2021, and at the current time, both sides are preparing for the upcoming legal fight.

Top Rated Comments

neuropsychguy Avatar
14 months ago
"Apple's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store was unlawful"

That argument is not going to win. It's about as unlawful as Lowes deciding to stop selling a particular brand of rake.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WiseAJ Avatar
14 months ago
Maybe Epic should reach out to see if Parler wants to join their lawsuit.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theotherphil Avatar
14 months ago

That's fine, no one is saying get rid of the App Store or that anything changes for you. But if you own a device, you should be able to freely install an app on it without having to go through the App Store. This system obviously works perfectly fine, as demonstrated by the laptops/desktops. Apple and software companies compete in a free market, and consumer choice wins.
The free market can choose the Single App Store of the iOS ecosystem or the more open Android compatibles. There’s great choices out there. What you are arguing for is to remove my choice for an ecosystem with a single App Store. This is one of the things that differentiates Apple from it’s competitors.

I choose the iOS ecosystem exactly because of the single App Store. A single, trusted entity with my credit card details. A single point of contact for all of my subscriptions. A very narrow attack surface area for hackers and a company with the resources and motivation to keep my data safe.

I do not want to go to an epic store for their games and give them my CC details.
I do not want to go to a MS store for my Office software and then give them my CC details.
I do not want to go to an Adobe Store and give them my CC details.
I do not want an Affinity store and give them my details.
I do not want an Activision store and give them my details.
I do not want an EA store and give them my details.
Etc, etc, etc.

You say that I could continue to use the Apple App Store and nothing would change for me but you fail to consider that these companies will not be releasing their app on the Apple Store when they have their own stores.

It will turn into the Wild West of poor user experience and large attack surface area for hackers. I would then have to change my CC/ personal details with every store for any change in my circumstances. There will be multiple privacy policies etc etc. This is exactly the problem that iOS fixes and just because it has always been different on desktop, doesn’t mean we should embrace the suck on mobile.

NO THANK YOU!

With Apple moving to their own Silicon and making it easier to target Mac and iOS at the same time, it will likely mean more devs will choose to put their desktop apps on the Mac App Store and we’ll move away from the terrible model of going to a random webpage, giving them all your personal details and downloading a potentially dangerous piece of malware.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
14 months ago

in an increasingly bitter legal fight
Maybe bitter from Epic’s point of view.

Apple: “You wanna follow our TOS now?”
Epic: Spewing bile and spittle, making Tasmanian Devil noises.
Apple: “Ok, get back with us when you want to. We’ll put you right back on the store as soon as you’re ready!”
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jlwarlow Avatar
14 months ago
I hope the UK court throws this out as a business dispute. At least Wpic can ok longer appeal up to the European Courts now!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Techwatcher Avatar
14 months ago
They need to just drop the case and take their L.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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