A fresh injunction against Apple has been filed by Fortnite-maker Epic Games as it fights out the iPhone maker and the technology giant over the policy of commission and other things for using its App Store.
The widely popular game Fortnite was removed by Apple from its app store after the game made offers to users to avail a discount on purchases made on its virtual currency from outside of the app store. Apple charges a commission of 30 per cent on every transaction made through its store.
Epic views this policy of Apple to be unfair.
The gaming company has now accused Apple of threatening it with a removal from its developer programme on August 28. If that happens the game developer will not be able to offer any other games or apps to iPhone users or on any other Apple platforms.
Similar to apple, Google also has a policy of taking the same commission from sale and an in-app purchasing only condition of being on Google’s Play Store.
Both Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their respective app stores last week after the gaming company circumvented the rule.
While still being able to play the game, no updates that the company would be releasing will be available for the existing Fortnite players on these platforms – iPhone or Android phones.
No one will also be able to download it afresh no on phone running on iOS and Android.
If Epic wants Fortnite to return to the store, it has two weeks to re-instate the in-app payments, Apple has informed Epic.
It will be “irreparably harmed” by being completely removed from Apple’s developer programme, Epic says in its latest legal papers.
Unreal Engine, a popular graphics tool widely used by third-party developers of other games, films and virtual reality would also be included in the ban which means that these have to find new tools.
Every app in its store has to follow the rule and Epic had created the problem for itself by choosing to break the rule, Apple said in a statement. “We won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to put their business interests ahead of the guidelines that protect our customers,” it said.
Apple is running “a complete monopoly” on what and how more than one billion users of its operating system can download and pay for purchases, Epic had accused Apple. The iOS is used in virtually all Apple devices – including the iPhone, iPad and Macbook.
Being on the App Store has tremendously benefited Epic as it has “grown into a multibillion dollar business”, Apple responded.
This is not the first time that an app developer has come out and opposed the App Store’s fee structure of Apple.
A stand against Apple’s this policy was taken by an email app called Hey in June.
“If we don’t like the deal Apple is offering us – which is to either pay them 30% or get kicked out – what are we going to do about that? Where are we going to go?” developer David Heinemeier Hansson had told the media at the time. “If you launch a new piece of software today and you’re not available on the iPhone, you’re invisible.”
(Adapted from BBC.com)