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Apple to seek damages from Epic Games for breaching App Store contract

Apple had approached a Federal Court in the US to seek damages from Fortnite developer Epic Games for allegedly breaching the App Store contract.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | September 9, 2020 | Updated 13:50 IST

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  • Apple wants to seek damages from Epic Games for
  • pple and Epic Games had been at loggerheads ever since Epic launched its in-app payments method.
  • Due to the tussle between the two companies, the iPhone users are no longer able to able access the Fortnite game on their phones.

Apple had approached a Federal Court in the US to seek damages from Fortnite developer Epic Games for allegedly breaching the App Store contract. Apple and Epic Games had been at loggerheads ever since Epic launched its in-app payments method that was not in compliance with the App Store guidelines.

"Epic's lawsuit is nothing more than a basic disagreement over money. Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality, it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply wants to pay nothing for the tremendous value it derives from the App Store. Epic's demands for special treatment and cries of "retaliation" cannot be reconciled with its flagrant breach of contract and its own business practices, as it rakes in billions by taking commissions on game developers' sales and charging consumers up to $99.99 for bundles of "V-Bucks," Apple said in its filing.

Epic Games had filed a lawsuit against Apple after the company's popular game was removed from Apple's App Store for allegedly violating the App Store guidelines. Due to the tussle between the two companies, the iPhone users are no longer able to able access the Fortnite game on their phones.

Apple in its filing also alleged that Epic took the benefits of the App Store without paying any share to the company.

"Epic decided that it would like to reap the benefits of the App Store without paying anything for them. Armed with the apparent view that Epic is too successful to play by the same rules as everyone one else—and notwithstanding a public proclamation that Epic "would not accept special revenue sharing or payment terms just for ourselves"I—Epic CEO Tim Sweeney mailed Apple executives on June 30, 2020, requesting a "side letter" that would exempt Epic from its existing contractual obligations, including the App Store Review Guidelines that apply equally to all Apple developers," Apple said in the filing.

Google too had followed the footsteps of Apple and removed Fortnite from Play Store for violating the payment guidelines but now the search giant has requested courts to keep it away from Apple's and Epic's feud. "Although Android and iOS compete to attract app developers and end-users, Google and Apple use different business models, agreements and policies to support competing ecosystems," Google had said.

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