Epic is seeking a preliminary injunction to have Fortnite return to the App Store. The number of active users per day on iOS has reportedly dropped by 60% since the ban.
The "war" between Epic Games, the developer of the game Fortnite, and Apple has been in the news for several days. As a reminder, in August, this developer launched a new feature that allows players to take advantage of a discount by using a payment system that bypasses the App Store's 30% "tax" on in-app transactions.
The reaction of the Cupertino firm (but also of Google) was swift, since it immediately removed the game from the App Store, which is the only way to install a game or application on iOS. For its part, Epic decided to file a lawsuit in the U.S. courts against Apple and Google.
In a previous article, we explained that temporarily, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers decided to protect Unreal Engine, a technology developed by Epic Games and used by other video game developers. However, she did not ask Apple to put Fortnite back on the App Store.
And on September 5, Epic announced that it has filed a preliminary injunction. As explained in an article published by Reuters, this injunction would allow Fortnite to return to the App Store. Among the developer's arguments is the fact that without this injunction, Fortnite would suffer irreparable damage due to the ban from the App Store.
"Today, we asked the court to stop Apple's retaliation against Epic for daring to challenge its illegal restrictions while our antitrust case continues. This is a necessary step to free consumers and developers from Apple's costly anti-competitive control," also read in a tweet published by Epic.
Indeed, banning the App Store would already have a significant impact on Fortnite. In addition to preventing new players from downloading the game to the iPhone (those who downloaded before the ban can continue to play), it would also have had an impact on existing players.
According to Epic's application, which was published online, the number of active users per day on Fortnite would have decreased by 60 percent since the game was banned from the App Store.
"The continued loss of Fortnite as a gathering place for users on all platforms will result in Epic customers defaulting. Epic may never see those users again," the document states.
Epic also points out that iOS is Fortnite's primary platform.
"More than 116 million registered users have accessed Fortnite via iOS, more than on any other platform. They have spent more than 2.86 billion hours in the application. By eliminating many of these Fortnite players and blocking Fortnite's ability to access more than one billion iOS users, Apple is irreparably harming Epic's chances," the developer also explained in its application.
Another consequence of this war between Apple and Epic is that there are now two Fortnites, the one on Apple's platform, and the one on other platforms. As we explained in a previous article, the App Store also blocks Fortnite updates on iOS. As a result, the iOS version (for those who downloaded the game before it was banned) cannot take advantage of the new season.
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