SAN FRANCISCO | Epic Games failed to convince a California judge on Monday to force Apple to reinstall its Fortnite game on the App Store, and the conflict between the two groups is heading towards a trial next summer.
The publisher of the famous shooting and survival game has launched a battle against the electronics and technology giant, whose “tyrannical” practices he considers on iOS, its operating system for mobile devices.
Epic Games accuses Apple of levying a “tax” far too high (30%) on consumer transactions made via the App Store.
In August, the publisher tried to bypass the iOS payment system, and therefore the commissions. Apple immediately banned Fortnite from its store, so iPhone and iPad users can no longer download the game, or, if they already have it, they no longer have access to essential updates. its proper functioning.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers had already validated this measure from Apple, considering that there was clearly a breach of the contract, and did not reverse her decision on Monday at a new hearing in California.
She estimated that the lawsuit filed by Epic Games could take place in July 2021.
Apple has explained on numerous occasions that this commission, which is an industry standard level, is used to ensure the proper functioning of the App Store and the safety of users.
But Epic Games is no longer alone in this crusade, and has joined forces with a dozen companies, including Deezer and Spotify. Gathered under the banner “Coalition for App Fairness” (“Coalition for equity between applications”), they want to change the regulations on application stores.
They accuse the operators of mobile platforms – mainly Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) – of being both judges and parties and of crushing the competition by promoting their own products.
The way Android works, however, allows users to get apps from other download platforms.
Fortnite is no longer available on the Google Play Store, but users using Android (Google's operating system) still have access to it via other sites.