The battle between Apple vs. Epic Games has now started in the United States. Epic Games started a battle against Apple after that Fortnite, was removed from the iPhone App Store in 2020.
The ban will prevent 116 million of its 350 million players from accessing game upgrades, so Epic has taken the fight to the United States, Australia, the UK and now the European courts.
Epic was alleged to have breached agreements with Apple after allowing players to purchase VBucks – a paid game currency – through non-App Store channels, bypassing the need to cut revenue for the technology giant.
While Epic Games could look for more than just getting Fortnite back to the iPhone, this experiment has the potential to see Apple’s walled garden platforms eventually open up. Alternatively, game developers who use Unreal Engine to build their applications could be left confused if Epic completely loses access to Apple’s ecosystem.
Want to know more about Epic Games vs Apple, including court dates, the latest details, and what scores can mark your favorite games? Then read on.
What are both parties saying?
The exact wording of each party’s arguments is slightly different depending on the local laws of the different regions, but the core of the Apple vs Epic Games discussions is essentially the same.
Epic Games has been pretty loud because it doesn’t like Apple’s current App Store policies. The entire #FreeFortnite campaign began with a 30 percent cut in purchases made through the App Store due to the protest. Epic argues that these practices are restrictive, and further argues that Apple’s fenced fence iPhone platform has led to an effective monopoly. The Fortnite developer wants to launch a competing app store on Apple devices and open up non-App Store routes for the iPhone.
Apple, on the other hand, claims that its platform is fair and that Epic violated the agreements it had with Apple by upgrading Fortnite without permission to circumvent the sharing division V-Bucks income with them. This violation can not only keep Fortnite away from iPhone devices if the court upholds Apple’s decision, but also all games made using Unreal Engine (a popular game engine owned by Epic Games) can be removed.
Based on the results of each experiment, a lot is at stake.
When will the experiments take place?
The U.S. court battle has officially begun on May 3, 2021. It will likely continue for some time, so don’t wait for a decision at any time, but as the details are revealed in the U.S. section, Apple vs. Epic Game Battle will keep you up to date.
In the Australian, British and European lawsuits, on the other hand, dates have not even been announced yet. Epic launched against the technology giant in each region in November 2020, January 2021 and February 2021.
Given the date of the trial for the establishment of the U.S. court system, we can expect most of Epic’s legal battles to continue from 2021 and possibly until 2022.
What do experiments mean for Fortnite and other games?
It is possible that the final verdicts of each Apple vs Epic Games case will perpetuate the current situation, Fortnite cannot be played directly on Apple devices, but other Unreal Engine products are fine to stay. But what if Epic Games succeeds?
If Epic wins, it hopes to launch its own version of the App Store on the iPhone. Think of it like Steam and the Epic Games store on PC, instead of having to download a game from just one store, players can use both. However, some games may only be available in one store.
Epic’s app store could work like its PC game, offering developers using it more revenue than other outlets. Given that Epic’s battle with Apple began with Apple’s 30 percent cut, it seems likely that Epic would like to take a smaller stake through its own store (perhaps 12% to match Epic Games Store On a PC).
The ruling could have far-reaching implications for other digital stores such as Xbox Live, PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop. However, Judge Rogers – who is in charge of the U.S. trial – seems cautious in this matter and relies on Epic to explain why the App Store is precisely the problem and not others in its claims.
What has happened so far?
The U.S. court battle has now begun, although not much has happened. The first few days are full of Fortnite meta version information and how the cross game works in each area, but nothing else at the moment.
However, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (who is leading the case in the United States) denied Epic’s request to host Fortnite for iOS before the trial began, pending the outcome of the trial. However, he let Epic keep developer accounts so it can still service Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS.
We also know that the U.S. trial is a bench trial – so there will be no jury and the judge will make the decisions. Apple and Epic Games just need to convince one person to agree with them in this first battle of Apple vs. Epic Games.
An Arizona landing may also have some effect on this case. While Judge Gonzalez is a federal judge – so he doesn’t have to follow state laws in his decisions – this development may confirm the claims of Epic Game attorneys.
So far, the battles between Australia, Britain and Europe have not progressed very far. When all the proceedings continue, we will certainly keep you informed.