Apple responded to Epic’s request to restore “Fortnite” to the shelves
Apple responded to Epic’s request to relist “Fortress Night” in the App Store in a new legal document. Apple believes that the company’s situation is “completely caused by itself.” “Night” can return to the iOS system at any time, as long as Epic removes the in-app payment system that caused the game to be removed.
” Epic caused a fire and poured gasoline on it, and now requires the court to urgently assist in the fire fighting ,” Apple wrote in its 37-page objection statement.
Apple added: “Epic could have avoided any further damage involving Fortnite and Unreal Engine with a simple button. By refusing to do so, Epic is holding its customers in order to gain leverage in commercial disputes.”
This is not Apple’s new argument, but these documents provide more details, including legal arguments that Apple will draw upon in responding to Epic’s preliminary injunction request and restoring “Fortnite” to iOS users. The court will be held on September 28 Hold a formal hearing to decide the matter.
Naijatechnews learned that throughout the application, Apple reiterated its main argument: the company provides valuable services by maintaining the App Store, Epic circumvents the store’s rules and has violated its contract with Apple. The company can Freely kick it out of service. But the objection statement also added new details. For example, Apple proposed that Epic initiated this legal battle, partly to arouse people’s attention to the game.
“Fortnite’s popularity is declining. By July 2020, interest in Fortnite has fallen by nearly 70% compared to October 2019. This lawsuit (and the attention it has raised) seems It is part of a marketing campaign aimed at reviving interest in Fortnite.” Apple pointed out that iOS is not an important part of Fortnite’s revenue. Apple cited Epic’s data, saying that only 10% of Fortnite consumers often play on the iPhone, and said that Epic has stated that Apple is the “smallest piece of pie” in terms of revenue. The implication is that Epic did not suffer “irreparable harm”, but went to war for other, self-interested reasons.
Parallel to this argument, Apple stated that Epic’s claim that it suffered “reputation damage” due to being kicked out of the App Store is also misleading. Apple stated that Epic’s “pre-planned media assault” showed that it actually liked the attention created by this case.
“If Epic is really worried that it will lose its reputation due to this dispute, it will not carry out these carefully planned publicity. From all appearances (including the #free fortress night event), Epic believes that this behavior will Generate good impressions, improve its reputation, and push users to Fortnite, not the other way around. It’s not hurt.”