Apple has completely banned Fortnite from all of its devices after a bitter lawsuit defeat against Epic Games that has been ongoing for past several months, The popular game will be unavailable on any of iOS devices, i.e. iPhones and iPads.
The decision came by Apple after Epic Games violated Apple’s regulations by launching its own in-app purchases, which results in banning Fortnite from App Store.
On Wednesday, Epic Games’ CEO, Tim Sweeney, called out Apple in a series of tweets and claimed that his company would continue to fight.
Tim Sweeney took to Twitter and said that,
Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they’d ‘welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else”. According to Sweeney, just when Epic Games agreed, Apple “renegaded in an abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.
The ruling revealed some interest facts on how much revenue derives from its App Store. The gaming apps are the source of around 70% of the entirety of the App Store’s earnings. Even more astounding is the fact that 70% is made up of less than 10% of all App Store consumers.
That staggering percentage comes partly from the 30% revenue cut taken by Apple from app purchases in the App Store. Even before this hearing, users and developers alike have claimed the system is unfair to smaller developers.
BBC reported that in correspondence shared by Mr Sweeney, Apple said Epic had “committed an intentional breach of contract, and breach of trust, by concealing code from Apple” and it would not reinstate its account “until the district court’s judgement becomes final and unappealable”.
Meanwhile, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has come under fire after an email he sent to employees warning them not to leak confidential information was itself leaked.
People who leak confidential information do not belong at AppleTim Cook
The message told Apple staff employees that the company would do “everything in [its] power to identify those who leaked” information to reporters.