A few weeks ago, Fortnite was removed from the App Store for breaching the official guideline imposed by Apple. Epic Games breached rules related to in-app purchases by adding a separate payment option, which allowed the company to dodge the 30% cut collected by Apple for in-app purchases.
Epic Games announced a lawsuit a few hours after Fortnite was removed, accusing Apple of monopolistic practices since the company forces developers to use its payment system if they wish to provide any form of in-app purchases.
While Epic Games tried to force Apple to bring Fortnite back to the App Store via legal means, it seems that the Cupertino giant is more than willing to fight the iconic video games developer and to prove that Epic Games created the current situation willingly.
Apple lawyers have filed an official response and counterclaims, arguing that Epic Games decided to willfully breach a known rule which is respected by other developers in an attempt to portray itself as a hero who wishes to do a good deed for the community when this is far from being the actual aim of the corporation.
According to the response submitted by Apple, Epic Games is a massive company that wants to find a legal justification to dodge a reasonable fee for the services provided by the App Store, including access to a third of Fortnite’s player base.
In a surprising move, Apple is also accusing Epic of breach of contract and seeks damages for all the payments made via Fortnite’s payment system before the game was removed from the App Store, as well as an official injunction that would block the use of external payment systems for all apps. The documents also note that the iOS version of Fortnite generated more than $600 million in revenue for Epic Games.