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‘Fortnite’ Maker Sues Apple Over App Restrictions

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  • The video game phenomenon developer “Fortnite” sued Apple on Thursday for how it rules over the App Store.
  • Epic Games called on a federal judge to order Apple to end its “anti-competitive conduct” and invalidate the rules of the tech giant forcing app developers to pay 30 percent of transactions as the price for doing business in the App Store.
  • The Silicon Valley colossus has defended its stance when required to keep applications secure from hackers and scammers, arguing that the 30 percent transaction charge is valid for maintaining the App Store.
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The video game phenomenon developer “Fortnite” sued Apple on Thursday for how it rules over the App Store, accusing the iPhone creator of possessing monopoly control.

Epic Games called on a federal judge to order Apple to end its “anti-competitive conduct” and invalidate the rules of the tech giant forcing app developers to pay 30 percent of transactions as the price for doing business in the App Store.

The suit was filed the same day Apple booted Fortnite from the online marketplace after Epic added a payment system that let player transactions avoid the App Store system, saving money in the process.

“Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation,” the lawsuit argued.

“Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched, and more pernicious than the monopolists of yesteryear.”

Apple has come under fire in recent months for its tight hold on the App Store, which is the primary source of apps for its popular mobile devices.

The Silicon Valley colossus has defended its stance when required to keep applications secure from hackers and scammers, arguing that the 30 percent transaction charge is valid for maintaining the App Store.

However, Epic’s suit accuses Apple of being unreasonably restrictive of trade.

Epic said it’s not seeking money or preferential treatment, but rather asks the court to order the Apple store policy to be changed for all developers.

Fortnite has been played by 350 million people worldwide since its release in 2017—a game in which players in a virtual world have to survive by looking for weapons and resources while eliminating competitors.

It is also a popular e-sports title in which viewers watch expert players and personalities compete for cash prizes, in some cases.

“Apple imposes unreasonable and unlawful restraints to completely monopolize both markets and prevent software developers from reaching the over one billion users of its mobile devices unless they go through a single store controlled by Apple,” the suited contended.

“Where Apple exacts an oppressive 30 percent tax on the sale of every app.”

Epic Games is firing back at Apple with a parody of the company’s most iconic ad after Apple yanked “Fortnite” from the App Store. 

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