San Francisco, October 10: A US judge has ruled that Apple can continue to permanently block the popular game Fortnite, but has barred the Cupertino-based iPhone maker from retaliating against the open, real-time 3D creation platform Unreal Engine owned by Epic Games, which is also the developer of Fortnite.
Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers refused to grant Epic Games a preliminary injunction against Apple on Friday, The Verge reports.
“Epic Games and Apple are free to plead this action for the future of the digital frontier, but their dispute should not wreak havoc on passers-by,” the judge said.
The judge, however, authorized Apple to permanently block Fortnite, which has more than 350 million monthly active players and is available on multiple platforms.
Daily active Fortnite game users have fallen more than 60% on Apple iOS devices since the ban.
Apple deleted the Epic Games account from its App Store and removed the Fortnite game earlier on August 13 for adding an in-app payment system in violation of App Store rules.
Unless Epic decides to remove its own in-app payment mechanism that sparked the bitter legal row in August, it has no chance of bringing Fortnite back to the App Store.
“Epic Games is grateful to Apple for continuing to not retaliate against Unreal Engine and our game development customers as the litigation continues,” an Epic spokesperson said in a statement.
An Apple spokesperson added: “We are grateful that the court recognized that Epic’s actions were not in the best interests of its own customers and that any problems they may have encountered were to their own initiative when they violated their agreement “.
While Epic Games criticized Apple for restricting its activities on the App Store, the iPhone maker said the arguments were “Pharisee” and “selfish”.
In its latest court case, Apple said Epic benefited from Apple’s promotion and development tools, earning more than $ 600 million through the App Store.
In its court case, Apple denied that its 30% commission was anti-competitive, claiming that it was Epic Games that violated its contract.
Epic Games said in the motion that more than 116 million registered Fortnite players have accessed the game through Apple devices.
“Apple is a monopoly. It controls all app distributions on iOS. It controls all in-app payment processing for digital content on iOS. It illegally maintains these two monopolies by explicitly prohibiting any competitive entry into either market, ”Epic Games said in the court filing.
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