Apple has explicitly denied Epic’s request to reactivate their developer’s account.
The Epic vs Apple legal battle is far from over. The iPhone makers have made it clear that Fortnite will not be returning to iPhones or any other iOS devices for that matter, any time soon. This comes after Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, had on September 16, 2021, appealed for re-instatement of its developer’s account on the App Store.
Last night, in a series of tweets, Sweeney states that after spending a year telling the courts, media and the public that they would “welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else“, the company went ahead and declined their request for reinstatement.
In its reply, the Tim Cook led company stated that it essentially does not trust Epic. In a statement made by their legal counsel, the company stated that “Epic committed an intentional breach of contract and breach of trust by concealing code from Apple and making related misrepresentations and omissions”. At this point, they are not unwilling to carry on any business relations with the company. The company have decided to exercise their discretion in their decision to entertain any further requests for reinstatement until “the district court’s judgment becomes final and nonappealable”.
According to Sweeney the process could go on for almost five years. It could end up being a very long time indeed. He has termed that this the move was extremely uncompetitive and was clearly “demonstrating their power to reshape markets and choose winners and losers”. However, according to the ruling passed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, the company is well within its rights to revoke Epic’s developer’s account on its platform and remove Fortnite from its App Store.
A Breakdown Of The Verdict In The Epic Vs. Apple Trial: CNET
Epic has confirmed that they have launched an appeal against the ruling made in the anti-trust lawsuit that they had filed against Apple. According to the judge’s ruling the former had lost on nine out of the ten counts that they had brought against the later. The battle that had started back in 2020 is far from over. The Fortnite developer is due for making its opening brief by December12, 2021. The iPhone firm’s reply will be due by January 20, 2022.
It still remains to be seen who emerges as the victor in this long drawn out legal battle. For now, the court ruling states that starting December 9, 2021, and onwards, the company will no longer be allowed to restrict the developers with products on its platforms to include options for external payments. This will enable paying for services without having to pay a cut to Apple.