(San Francisco) The gaming phenomenon Fortnite won't return to iPhones until the summer of 2021 unless the publisher, Epic Games, withdraws its fight against Apple, California justice confirmed Friday.
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at 9:10 PM
On the premise that "self-inflicted injuries are not irreparable harm," Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers refused to force Apple to reinstall the survival shooter on its devices, as requested. Epic games.
The Fortnite publisher has battled the electronics and technology giant, whose practices he considers "tyrannical" on iOS, its mobile operating system.
He accuses him of imposing an inordinately high "tax" (30%) on consumer transactions made through the App Store.
In August, Epic Games tried to bypass the iOS payment system and with it the commissions.
The tech giant immediately banned Fortnite from the store and iPhone and iPad users can no longer download the game, or if they already have it, they can no longer access bets. updates that are essential for its proper functioning.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers had already validated this Apple measure and ruled that there was a clear breach of contract.
"Epic Games has never satisfactorily declared his eagerness, other than his disdain for the situation. The current impasse is his fault," she said in her decision on Friday after the hearing in late September.  The status quo in the conflict between the two groups should therefore continue until next summer unless Epic accepts the terms of the original contract, the "reasonable" solution, according to the judge.
"No one would lose face if the target is to protect consumers, Fortnite players, "she continues.
" The court even offered to place the 30% in receivership pending resolution of the lawsuit, but Epic Games rejected that idea. This denial suggests that Epic Games is more concerned with tactical maneuvering and consumers on iOS.
Apple has explained on numerous occasions that this committee, which is an industry standard, is used to create the App Store operate smoothly and ensure user safety.
But Epic Games is no longer alone in this crusade and has allied with a dozen companies, including Deezer and Spotify. Gathered under the banner "Coalition for App Fairness", they want to change the rules for app stores.
They accuse mobile platform operators – mainly Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) – of being both judges and parties and of crushing competition by promoting their own products.