Apple Calls Epic’s Claims ‘Self-Interested’ Denies It’s A Monopoly

Apple Calls Epic’s Claims ‘Self-Interested’ Denies It's A Monopoly

Apple make a self claims that its iOS marketplace isn’t a monopoly at all and also argues that Epic is just an authorized company that just wants more money for itself.

Apple is fighting for is right against Epic Games in the ongoing legal battle over Fortnite’s in-app payments, holding the developer responsible for acting on its own self-interest instead of portraying the common good of all game developers, as it claims.

Epic also claimed that Apple’s control over the App Store shows a tightfisted monopoly on iOS app distribution, and that the tech giant striking Fortnite from the App Store was evidence of this.

To assemble its case within the fans, Epic even remake Apple’s iconic 1984 ad, recommending that the company has become the dull corporate monstrosity it vowed to defeat all those years ago.

Since Fortnite was originally pulled from the App Store, it’s been a bitter battle between the two and it doesn’t look like they will settle soon.

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After banning the game, Apple threatened to remove all of Epic’s developer accounts from the iOS platform, including those used to support and maintain Unreal Engine.

A judge put a stop to this, but stated that from a legal standpoint there was nothing stopping Apple from banning Fortnite.

Epic profess that it has lost 60 percent of its user base on iOS following the ban, and argues that it will suffer irreparable harm unless the game is replaced on Apple’s platform.

Apple is not bothered by these petitions,as reported by the BBC.

The tech company isn’t at completely certain by Epic’s strong PR campaign.

Apple noted out that before the ban, Fortnite made over $600 million through the App Store, and that opposing to its claims of a better, freer iOS space for everyone, Epic just wants special treatment.

Apple also refuse to admit that it’s a monopoly at all, and claims that the App Store is a good and affordable way to distribute software.

It also stated that Epic is owned by media conglomerate Tencent, which has gained a sinister reputation for owning a disproportionate amount of the gaming industry and for being wonderfully profit-minded.

Repeatedly Apple has offered to welcome Fortnite back to the App Store only if Epic just agrees to its standard 30 percent cut, but Epic claims that to agree to this appeal would be “to plot with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS,” and has refused.

The company’s avoid determination to be on it’s own on this issue is surprising, and would be more interesting if Apple’s claims are true.

Epic is not the first company speak out against Apple’s business practices.

Regardless of their actions, Companies like Microsoft (which has since vocally supported Epic’s campaign) have complained in the past about the draconian rules and regulations present on iOS.

Even if Apple is right, and Epic is just acting out of right and pettiness, this lawsuit could have huge effect for the future of mobile gaming.

Occasionally what is right can be done for the wrong reason, and the Fortnite debacle might just be an example of this.

Credit: Screenrant

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