Those on an Apple Mac computer are not affected because this version does not use the iOS App Store. “Sweeney expressly acknowledged that its proposed amendments would be a direct violation of several terms of the agreements between Epic and Apple. Mr. Sweeney acknowledged that Epic could not implement its proposal unless the agreements between Epic and Apple were changed,” said Phil Schiller, an Apple Fellow and former global marketing manager, in a statement filed with the court. An Apple spokesman said the company was grateful that the court “recognized that Epic`s actions were not in the best interests of its own customers and that any problems they may have encountered were caused by themselves when they violated their agreement.” The spokesperson added that Apple`s App Store was “an economic miracle” that had created “transformative business opportunities” for developers. Apple, a $2 trillion company, not only refused to change its lucrative business model, but was also ejected from the App Store. Apple also wanted to cut Epic to access its development tool program, which would have influenced all applications using Epics` Unreal engine. While a court granted Epic`s request for an injunction that prevented Apple from doing so until a hearing next month, it would not force Apple to return Fortnite to the App Store. As a result, the game remains banned, so iOS and macOS players can`t update their apps around the just-released season 4. It also means they can only play other Apple users who are also stuck in Season 3, like the rest of the Fortnite Community Update for the new season.
For its part, Apple said Fortnite would return to the App Store if it follows the store`s sales conditions. Epics` fight with Apple comes as the biggest technology companies are left in their power control. On Tuesday, House of Representatives lawmakers said Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google exercised and abused their monopoly power to stifle competition and harm consumers and recommended restructuring businesses. European regulators have also launched an investigation into whether Apple`s App Store rules are anti-competitive. And in the coming days, the Department of Justice is expected to sue Google for anti-competitive search practices. Apple`s filing comes in response to a comprehensive injunction filed by Epic over the weekend. Tuesday`s filing sets out a number of defences against this claim. Apple asserts, among other things, that there are legitimate business justifications for all the actions it takes and that it undermines a broader assertion of cartels and abuse of dominance.
“At all times, Apple`s behavior was reasonable and… Their actions were taken in good faith to promote legitimate business interests and had the effect of fostering, encouraging and strengthening competition,” the complaint states. “We hope that Apple will reflect on its platform restrictions and begin making historic changes that will give billions of iOS consumers around the world the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the world`s largest open computing platforms like Windows and macOS,” Sweeney tweeted Friday after Apple`s hearing. Apple will seek damages from Epic Games for alleged violation of the iOS App Store, which will lead to a further escalation of the ongoing litigation between the two companies. The measure was presented in a filing filed Tuesday, along with counter-complaints for unjust enrichment and illegal interference in Apple`s relationship with its customers. “Epic Games cannot simply proclaim a “monopoly” to rewrite agreements that have unilateral advantages,” Gonzalez Rogers wrote in a 39-page judgment in which he partially rejected epic Games` injunction application.