Apple says Epic Games is jeopardizing the Entire App Store model

After the Epic Games antitrust lawsuit was filed over the iOS App Store policies,

Apple responded, requesting the filing from the court not to temporarily unblock the App Store while the lawsuit is in progress.

Apple also accuses Epic of creating an inappropriately and improper “state of emergency”

by accepting direct payments through Fortnite in violation of Apple’s rules.

Apple CEO Phil Schiller wrote in a court announcement that

The CEO of Epic had requested a “private deal but only with Epic,” which in turn “changed the way Epic delivers apps on Apple’s iOS platform.”

But of course Apple refused, and for this decision Epic changed its policies by preventing Apple from in-app purchases.

“In the course of its voluntary actions, Epic is now seeking the necessary relief in case of emergency.”

But the “emergency” is already entirely Epic’s making, “as Apple responded.”

The developers who work on cheating Apple will be terminated, just as Epic has done. “

 Also came sources that put Apple in defense of the rules for in-app purchases.

The book reads: “If the developers were able to avoid digital repayment,

it would be as if the customer had left an Apple retail store without paying for the stolen product: Apple would thus not get paid.”

Things have escalated dramatically, as Epic sued Apple last week in a rapidly escalating battle over mobile app store policies.

Apple also banned Fortnite after Epic Games bypassed the purchase system

by offering direct in-app payments from Apple and its commission of about 30 percent.

But Epic has responded with another lawsuit alleging that Apple is violating antitrust law by controlling access to the iOS platform through the App Store.

Apple kept a lot of emails between Schiller, Sweeney, and other Apple executives,

and that was the company’s response including an on letter

in which Sweeney asks Apple to extend required changes from Epic Games to all developers.

On June 30, Sweeney asked Apple to allow Epic to launch its own app store on iOS,

as well as to include an alternative payment system in Fortnite

and other Epic games that would allow the standard App Store to be bypassed by 30%.

But Apple refused, as Apple’s Assistant General Counsel said in mid-July:

“The App Store is not just a marketplace, but rather is part of a larger set of tools, services and technologies that Apple provides to developers.”

He also added, “We cannot be confident that Epic or any developer will adhere to the same strict privacy, security and content standards as Apple.



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