Apple Doubles Down in Fight With Fortnite Creator Epic Games, Seeks Damages for Breach of Contract


    Apple on Tuesday shot back in its legal battle with Fortnite creator Epic Games, filing a response and counterclaims alleging that the gaming company breached its contract with Apple, and seeking an unspecified amount in damages. From a report: “Epic’s lawsuit is nothing more than a basic disagreement over money,” Apple said in a filing with the District Court for the Northern District of California. “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.” […] Apple’s response suggests it was blindsided by Epic, and even notes that Epic executives “recognized and thanks Apple for its support and promotion of Fortnite events,” as recently as April 2020. “Unbeknownst to Apple, Epic had been busy enlisting a legion of lawyers, publicists, and technicians to orchestrate a sneak assault on the App Store. Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on August 13, 2020, the morning on which Epic would activate its hidden commission-theft functionality, Mr. Sweeney again emailed Apple executives, declaring that ‘Epic will no longer adhere to Apple’s payment processing restrictions.'” Apple said in the filing that Epic Games has earned over $600 million from the App Store. Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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