Epic Files Motion To Force Fortnite Back Into The App Store (UPDATED)

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor September 11, 2020
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The newest phase of the legal argument between Epic Games and Apple regarding Fortnite's presence -- or lack thereof -- on the App Store is underway. Gamasutra is reporting that Epic will file a preliminary injunction against Apple on Sept. 28 that requires Fortnite be made available again on the App Store, citing the "irreparable damage" to the developer's reputation.

Epic claims that Fortnite's removal from the App Store is having a profound effect on its community of former players, with the game's removing having "cleaved millions of users from their friends and family in the Fortnite community, which entirely depends on connectivity. The user outcry has been deafening, showing real harm to the public interest." In other words, making a video game unavailable counts as "real harm to the public interest." Let that sink in.

Epic further claims that the removal of Fortnite has led to a 60% decrease in daily active users on iOS and "a loss of goodwill and irreparable damage to Epic's reputation ... Epic may never see these users again." According to stock market news website BuyShares, Epic stands to lose $26.7 million for every month that Fortnite is absent from the App Store.

The core of Epic's argument seems to be its insistence that "Apple is a monopolist" that "unlawfully" maintains its control over app distribution and payment methods on iOS devices. Because it's "unlawful," Epic was fully within its rights to break Apple's rules. If that argument can hold up, then Epic might have a chance and could change the App Store forever. If it doesn't, then the "irreparable damage to Epic's reputation" will likely be viewed as the doing of Epic itself, and not Apple.

UPDATE: You'll soon no longer be able to sign into Fortnite with your Apple account.

UPDATE #2: Or not. Apparently, Apple has reversed its decision, at least for the time being.

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In this article: Fortnite, Epic Games, Apple.

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (5)

grimsbane 2 years ago
The thing is they are not going to win the case because they violated a legally binding contract, which they violated and as such apple used their legal rights to remove the game from the app store. Like the only thing epic is going to accomplish is wasting alot of money on this case and in the end someone will be fired for this ignorant attempt of a lawsuit.

Jeremy Barnes 2 years ago
Epic just keeps doing dumb things in this whole escapade. They need to be careful because a lot of what they're arguing could come back to bite them in the arse as they are currently doing the same things on EGS.

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rickshaw 2 years ago
You got to stop these players like apple, Trumps is a another one. no one should hold monopoly's or dumbpotatoships.


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