Epic Games stomps their feet in protest and asks the courts, again, to force Apple’s hand to allow Fortnite back into the App store, according to Reuters. Epic Games’ fear is that the removal of Fortnite from the Apple App Store will have “irreparable harm” to Fortnite and to Epic Games.
The filing made in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California requests a preliminary injunction to allow Fortnite back into the App Store and restore their developer account that Apple terminated. If you recall, Apple’s termination of Epic Games’ developer account was announced a week and a half prior to the effective date of August 28th. Apple stuck to its word and terminated the account associated with Fortnite due to Epic Games’ blatant disregard and violation of the App Store terms of agreement.
Apple initially attempted to terminate all of the Apple Developer accounts associated with Epic Games, but overseeing Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in favor of Epic Games, stating the other accounts didn’t violate Apple’s TOA, which means they didn’t breach the contract.
Is Epic Games already feeling the pressure of losing Fortnite sales from the App Store? Both Apple and Epic Games are sticking to their word and fulfilling their promises in what they stated they would do. Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, emailed Apple demanding approval to allow them to include an alternative payment option stating that if they didn’t, he would release it anyway, and they did. Apple stated that if Epic Games doesn’t correct Fortnite and remove the alternative pay they would remove Fortnite and terminate their developer account, and they did.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers already stated that Epic Games “strategically chose to breach its agreement with Apple” so it would seem that Epic Games request will be denied but we will have to see next week when the court rules again on the same thing.
What do you think about all of this? Should the courts rule in favor of Epic Games and allow Fortnite back into the Apple App Store despite having ruled against them previously? Who do you think is right and why? Let us know in the comments below!