One of the newest developments within the ongoing Epic vs. Apple legal battle has turned the controversial antitrust lawsuit filed by Fortnite developer Epic Games right into a public “he said, she said.” A recent legal filing from Apple reveals that Epic had initially reached out with a request to introduce options which might enable it, amongst different issues, to avoid Apple’s 30% charge on Fortnite microtransactions again in late-June. Despite Apple’s rejection of Epic’s request, Epic went ahead with its plan in August, which Apple characterizes within the authorized submitting as a “deliberate choice” Epic made to “cheat Apple.”
The approach Apple presents Epic’s request from June characterizes the studio as anticipating particular remedy for its IP earlier than enacting a “calculated decision to breach” the App Store’s insurance policies when not given its approach. But Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has spoken up on social media about what he refers to as a “misleading” characterization of Epic’s authentic request.
“Apple’s statement is misleading,” Sweeney said in a tweet. “You can read my email in Apple’s filing, which is publicly available. I specifically said in Epic’s request to the Apple execs, ‘We hope that Apple will also make these options equally available to all iOS developers…'”
Apple’s assertion is deceptive. You can learn my e mail in Apple’s submitting, which is publicly accessible. I particularly mentioned in Epic’s request to the Apple execs, “We hope that Apple will also make these options equally available to all iOS developers…” https://t.co/yRio08fPSy pic.twitter.com/HsqjApFQeo
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 21, 2020
Sweeney’s tweet additionally supplies a screenshot of the e-mail correspondence from June 30, despatched from Tim Sweeney to Apple’s Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and Matt Fischer, with the topic line Consumer Choice & Competition.
In the e-mail, Sweeney proposes a variety of options Epic want to supply customers that “restrictions imposed by Apple” presently stop, together with competing payment processing options and an Epic Games Store app that might be downloaded by way of the iOS App Store. (Apple presently doesn’t present a approach for iOS customers to obtain apps that aren’t distributed by way of its official App Store.)
“Epic is requesting that Apple agree in principle to permit Epic to roll out these options for the benefits of all iOS customers,” the e-mail states. “We hope that Apple will also make these options equally available to all iOS developers in order to make software sales and distribution on the iOS platform as open and competitive as it is on personal computers.”
Recently, Epic requested a temporary restraining order against Apple in an try to get Fortnite reinstated on the App Store till courtroom proceedings have concluded. In response, Apple requested the decide to reject the request, claiming that Epic introduced all “alleged injury” upon itself by knowingly breaching Apple’s phrases of service. While the current courtroom filings reveal what many observers presumed–that Epic Games has had this plan within the works for a while–it did not attain the general public eye till August 13, when Epic launched its personal third-party cost system for Fortnite’s iOS and Android variations, in direct violation of Apple and Google’s phrases of service. This led to Apple and Google banning Fortnite from their digital storefronts, which led to Epic suing each corporations for antitrust violations.
The final result of Epic’s antitrust lawsuit towards Apple (and Google) can have big implications for cell recreation developers–not simply giants like Epic Games, however unbiased software program creators as nicely. You can be taught concerning the ins-and-outs of the continuing legal feud between Epic, Apple, and Google in our explainer.