Apple denies Fortnite a return to the App Store
“Furthermore, Apple will not consider any requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable,” said the letter from Apple’s lawyer, a copy of which was provided to CNN Business by Epic.
In a contentious trial that lasted most of May, Epic argued that the App Store constituted a monopoly because it is the only way to access hundreds of millions of iPhone users, and that Apple harmed competition by prohibiting other app stores or payment methods on its devices. Apple sought to undercut that argument by pointing out that the iPhone is one of several devices where Fortnite users can play the game and buy its in-game currency V-bucks, including Android smartphones (Epic is fighting a similar lawsuit against Google) and video game consoles such as the PlayStation and Xbox, many of which also don’t allow alternative payment methods and charge similar commissions.
“Apple lied,” he said, citing earlier statements where Apple said it would welcome Epic back if it agreed to play by the same rules as everyone else on the App Store. “Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.”
An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on Sweeney’s tweets but directed CNN Business to portions of the court’s decision where the judge ruled in Apple’s favor.
“With over 30 million registered iOS developers, it is not particularly surprising, or necessarily nefarious, that Apple does not negotiate terms generally,” the judge wrote.
Sweeney vowed Wednesday that Epic will continue to pressure Apple.