It has been more than a week since Fortnite developer Epic Games initiated an unprecedented anti-trust legal fight with Apple over its App Store rules. It has been all over the news since then, and there has been something new and interesting comping up almost daily.
It all started with Epic Games surreptitiously sneaking an update for the game and implementing its own in-app payment system, which bypassed the App Store for in-app purchases and subscriptions, which Apple has made very clear in the past that they will not allow.
Apple had immediately removed the game from the app store, followed by Google on the Play store.
The emails show extensive discussions between Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and Apple executives.
“If Epic were allowed to provide these options to iOS device users, consumers would have an opportunity to pay less for digital products, and developers would earn more from their sales. We hope that Apple will also make these options equally available to all iOS developers in order to make software sales and distribution on the iOS platform as open and competitive as it is on personal computers,” Sweeney wrote in June.
Both the companies are definitely on good terms with each other and are fighting it out in the court for the final verdict. “Epic’s actions are putting the entire App Store model at risk,” Schiller an Apple executive stated.
When Epic requested a separate app store where they could have their own payment methods, Apple clearly declined them. “The App Store is not simply a marketplace — it is part of a larger bundle of tools, technologies, and services that Apple makes available to developers. We cannot be confident that Epic or any developer would uphold the same rigorous standards of privacy, security, and content as Apple. Indeed, since Apple treats all developers according to the same terms, Epic is essentially asking Apple to outsource the safety and security of Apple’s users to hundreds of thousands of iOS developers,” wrote Apple associate general counsel Douglas Vetter in mid-July.
These new documents provide an entirely new scenario to ongoing happenings linking them with the recent emails circulating, saying that Apple gave a 15% exemption to Amazon for their apps on the AppStore. If it’s true that Apple gave an exception to Amazon considering it as an essential service, don’t you think it’s fair that Epic also wants to have some kind of deal like that. Especially when we can see iPhones with Fortnite installed on them selling for 10,000 dollars after its exit from AppStore, Let us know your thoughts on this in the comment section.
These emails were made public as a part of the Epic’s Lawsuit. You can read them below.
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Source: The Verge