In a countersuit to Epic’s legal action, Apple alleged that “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,” the iPhone maker said in a 67-page legal statement.
The crux of the tussle lies in Epic’s attempt to circumvent payment via App Store with an update to its Fortnite game that includes its own payment system. This would prevent Apple from clawing a 30 percent commision from all transactions.
Apple described the move as a “deliberate breach of the contracts” between the two companies.
Action after action
After Epic’s release of the update, Apple and Google removed the highly popular Fortnite from their stores.
Epic retaliated by taking both tech giants to court.
Apple then moved to stop Epic from using Unreal Engine, prompting Microsoft to jump in and side with the game developer.
Apple responded by terminating Epic’s account in App Store, which affects not just Fortnite but other titles such as Battle Breakers, Infinity Blade and and Shadow Complex Remastered.