Tim Sweeney, the chief executive of the video game studio, said that Epic has paid the $6 million that the court required to pay Apple a liquidated damages.
Madrid (Portaltic/EP).- Fortnite won’t be allowed to return to Apple’s app platform ecosystem (such as the App Store) until the trial (including its appeal process), is over.
As Tim Sweeney, the CEO of the video game studio, reported via Twitter, Apple assured this in an email sent to Epic Games in response to the latter’s request for restoration in the App Store Fortnite requirements.
Epic Games and Apple had a legal battle after Fortnite’s alternative payment system was implemented. It did not receive any commissions from it. The iOS version was removed from the App Store. American technology was also complained about.
The preliminary judgment by the California District Court (which has been hearing the case for several months) found that Apple does not have monopoly over digital video game transactions and that Epic must compensate 30% of its mobile revenue from August 2020 for breaching the contract. Epic indicated its intention of appealing the decision.
It also acknowledged that there was anti-competitive behaviour in general apps of the App store and authorized it to allow “metadata”, external links, or other calls for action in the app to direct customers to purchase mechanisms.
After the ruling, Epic Games asked Apple to restore the studio’s developer account in the Apple ecosystem to relaunch Fortnite for Mac and iOS and allow it to re-include buttons and links to external payment systems.
Sweeney also claimed Epic had paid the $6million required by the court to compensate Apple for liquidated damages.
Apple’s response to Sweeney was negative. The technology company said that it will not be considering any more requests for Fortnite restorations until the district court has made its final decision.
This answer shows that despite the court’s decision, the two companies still did not reach an agreement because Apple confirmed that the preliminary opinion described their actions as “valid, legal and admissible” because they violated the contract.
Epic Games also stated that it would not withdraw its alternative payment method, thus reverting Fortnite to its iOS version.