Epic Games beat Apple again in a new court statement, saying that the iPhone maker “has no rights to the fruits of Epic’s work”, the last salvo in the ongoing battle between the two companies.
A quick recap: Back in August, Epic has introduced a new direct payment system in the extremely popular Fortnite game to bypass 30% of Apple’s fee. Apple kicks Fortnite away from the App Store for violating its rules and Epic responded with civil action against Apple, claiming that Apple was violating antitrust laws. Epic also revealed that Apple has threatened to terminate the developer account used to support Unreal Engine platform of the company, which would prevent Epic from developing future games for iOS or Mac.
Earlier this month, U.S. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued an order preventing Apple from retaliating against Unreal Engine, but refused to issue a restored order Fortnite in the Apple App Store.
In the meantime, Apple has said it will seek compensation against Epic for alleged breach of contract with the iOS App Store. The deposit included counterclaims for unjust enrichment and torturous interference with Apple’s relationship with its customers.
Apple claims that there were legitimate business reasons for its actions. “All the time, [Apple’s] “The conduct was reasonable and … its actions were carried out in good faith to promote legitimate business interests and resulted in the promotion, encouragement and increase of competition,” the complaint said. “Epic’s blatant disregard for its contractual commitments and other misconduct has caused significant damage to Apple.”
But in Friday’s dossier, Epic said its actions “are far removed from the torturous – and even allegedly criminal – behavior portrayed by the Apple Opposition. Simply put, Epic did not “steal” anything that belonged to Apple. “The company could not ‘steal’ sales revenue from its own creative endeavors and did not ‘hinder any potential financial advantage that Apple sought to gain from Fortnite users separately other than their interest in Fortnite.’ states the file.
“Apple’s repeated allegations of theft stem from the extreme claim that Epic’s collection of payments by Epic game players to enjoy the work of Epic artists, designers and engineers is taking something that belongs to Apple,” he said. Epic in its deposition. .
Rogers said the case would have to go to a jury to decide and propose a lawsuit in the summer of 2021. “It’s important to understand what real people think,” he said. “Are these security issues for individuals or not?”
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.