The removal of Epic Games "Fortnite" from Apple's App Store has triggered a lawsuit and countless discussions about Apple's App Store policies. Here's what you need to know, updated on October 25 with Epic's latest declaration of innocence.
Apple's claims of theft in Epic's lawsuit against the company over App Store rules have been argued against by the game developer once again, with a Friday filing putting forward the idea that Epic didn't "steal" anything from Apple at all.
A jointly-produced filing between Apple and Epic in its ongoing "Fortnite" courtroom saga reveals issues with discovery on both sides ahead of a case management conference, with each claiming the other isn't providing the required documentation.
During Monday's hearing for Epic and Apple's legal battle over the App Store and "Fortnite," the judge suggested that the public's opinion is important, with the matter otherwise penciled-in for a July bench trial.
Epic is saying that Apple has blocked all updates to "Fortnite" spin-off "Fortnite: Save the World" on macOS ending Epic's ability to develop on the platform, while a U.S. government investigation of 40% owner Tencent looms.
Epic has petitioned courts once more in its antitrust battle with Apple over the App Store, arguing "Fortnite" should be reinstated to the digital storefront and protected from further retaliation, with the game already seeing 60% of its iOS users departing since the store takedown.
The judge presiding over Apple's legal fight with Epic Game said she isn't "inclined" to order Apple to reinstate Fortnite with new direct payment options intact, but may take action to allow Epic to maintain its Unreal Engine.
Apple on Friday shot back at Epic Games in a legal filing, likening the Fortnite creator to a "shoplifter" and disputing the gaming company's claims that it did not want a "special deal" on the App Store.