Judge dismisses some of Apple’s claims against Epic Games

Epic Games won rejecting two claims by Apple in a dispute over access to the popular video game Fortnite via the iPhone manufacturer’s App Store.

A federal judge in California late Tuesday dismissed some of Apple’s lawsuits against Epic Games in the dispute that led to the removal of Fortnite from the App Store.

Apple and Epic Games have been in a legal battle since August, when the developer of Fortnite launched its own in-app payment system. To circumvent what Apple called monopolistic practices.

In October, Epic Games had submitted a memorandum demanding the rejection of Apple’s counter-claims, as the iPhone manufacturer accused Epic Games of theft, and requested additional financial damages other than breaching the contract.

US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, referring to the memo filed by Epic Games, said: An order was hereby issued to agree to Epic Games’ request.

In October, a judge ruled that Apple could ban Fortnite from its app store, but it should not harm the business of Epic Games’ developer tools, including the Unreal engine, which is used by hundreds of other video games.

US District Court judge (Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) said: This is a very serious breach of the contract case and the antitrust case, and this is all from my point of view.

Bloomberg quoted the judge as telling Apple’s lawyer, referring to the behavior of Epic Games: You can’t just say it’s illegal, but you have to have the facts, adding that the rest of the breach of contract case is moving forward.

The iPhone manufacturer stated that it is not satisfied with the judge’s decision, and that it is clear that Epic Games has violated its contract with Apple.

Apple said: Epic Games added a feature in their app that was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and it did so with the express intent to violate App Store guidelines that apply equally to every developer selling digital goods and services.

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