Epic calls on court to stop Apple’s “retaliation” against the Fortnite maker •

Epic has called on a court to stop what it described as Apple’s “retaliation” against the Fortnite maker.

The game company has asked for an injunction to restore battle royale game Fortnite to the App Store as Epic’s antitrust case against the iPhone maker proceeds.

Late in August, Apple terminated Epic’s App Store developer account, blocking future Fortnite updates. It was the latest development in the two megacorps’ public spat that ignited when Apple blocked Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games circumvented Apple and Google’s built-in payment systems, which charge commissions of 30 per cent.

“Today we asked the Court to stop Apple’s retaliation against Epic for daring to challenge its unlawful restrictions while our antitrust case proceeds,” Epic said. “This is a necessary step to free consumers and developers from Apple’s costly, anti-competitive control.”

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Epic had launched a #FreeFortnite social media campaign in a bid to apply pressure to Apple. But late on Friday it took the next step by filing for a preliminary injunction that would put Fortnite back on the App Store and restore its developer account.

In the filing, Epic argues it will suffer “irreparable harm” in the absence of a preliminary injunction. It said daily active users on iOS have declined by over 60 per cent since Fortnite was pulled from the App Store. According to the filing, iOS is the biggest platform for Fortnite, with an incredible 116 million registered users – just shy of a third of the 350 million registered users Fortnite has in total. Apparently 63 per cent of Fortnite users on iOS access Fortnite only on iOS, too. For them, perhaps iOS is the only way to play.

Epic has some strong words in its filing, saying it’s worried it will never…