Epic has launched a new counterattack against Apple . He did so just before midnight on the Friday before Labor Day weekend, in what is in effect becoming a strategic move (no work Monday in the US) that tries to bring Fortnite back to the Apple Store. . The document sent by the development house in recent hours contains the whole argument that the judge should force the Cupertino company to republish the gamealthough the case is still in progress. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers had indeed explained that, while wanting to protect the Unreal Engine, he did not intend to force Apple to retrace his steps before the final sentence, because Epic Games would have “strategically decided to break the agreement with Apple ”. propose a method of payment exempt from the percentage due to the apple and would not be damaged by the situation.
With the document sent out tonight, however, Epic wants to prove otherwise, explaining that in addition to the damage to reputation, its business has also been affected. “Active users on iOS have dropped 60% since Fortnite was removed from the App Store,” writes Epic, which points out that iOS represents the largest platform for Fortnite with 116 million registered users equal to about a third of Fortnite’s 360 million total users. Also according to the document, 63% of iOS users access Fortnite exclusively from smartphones, so for them, the iPhone is the only access point to the game.
Epic’s fear is “never to see these users again,” that the gaming community has been torn apart, and non-Fortnite customers have been harmed as well. In the latter case, the reference is to other Epic Games titles that disappeared from the Apple Store following the deletion of the Epic developer account. According to the company, Apple threatens to reject any request to open a new developer account ” for at least a year “, with potential long-term damage from the inability “to access even to a single user from the billion iOS users for the whole of next year ”. Hence the request to the judge, who will now have to decide whether to force Apple to restore Fortnite The hearing is scheduled for September 28.