Fortnite -maker Epic Games wants to bring the gaming app back to the Apple App Store.
On Friday, Epic Games filed a petition in court seeking a preliminary injunction against Apple , which would force it to list Fortnite , back on the App Store.
According to the injunction brief, over 116 million gamers have played Fortnite on iOS, making it the largest platform in the game, larger than its player base on Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, PC or Android.
Epic Games claims that its “daily active users on iOS have declined by over 60% since removing Fortnite from the App Store.”
Epic is concerned that they will never see these users again and the Fortnite community has been “torn apart”.
The next hearing for this case is scheduled for September 28. However, Epic Games is hoping Fortnite is put back on the App Store until a verdict is reached.
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Last month, the court said that Apple did not have to put the Fortnite app back on the store because Epic Games failed to prove that Apple’s policy had caused harm and that the company ” had strategically chosen to violate its agreements with Apple. “
In August, Epic Games said it was suing Apple and Google after tech giants ditched its popular video game app from their app stores for introducing a direct payment plan that bypasses their platforms.
Apple and Google are both cutting in-game revenue purchases by 30%, which has long been a problem for developers.
Fortnite is free, but users can pay for in-game props such as weapons and skins. Its developer, Epic Games, said in a blog post that it is introducing Epic Direct payments, a direct payment plan for iOS from Apple and Google Play. Epic said the system is the same payment system it already uses to process payments on PC and Mac computers and Android phones.