On Friday, a federal judge in California ruled in an injunction that Apple Could Ban Awesome Games ‘Fortnite From App Store, but that it would not affect Epic’s developer tools company, which includes Unreal Engine software used by hundreds of other video games.
“The Court retains its judgments from the temporary restraining order and hereby grants in part and denies Epic Games’ motion for a preliminary injunction,” said District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.
Epic Games and Apple were not immediately available for comments on the decision.
Last month, Epic Games filed a preliminary injunction that would place its game back in the App Store and restore its developer account after the iPhone maker ended the Epic Games account in its App Store.
Epic sued Apple in August, claiming that the company’s 30 per cent commission on some in-app purchases through its App Store, combined with Apple’s controls over what apps users can download to their iPhones, constituted anti-competitive behaviour. The lawsuit came after Epic had rolled out its own payment system in the popular video game of Fortnite.
Awesome Games could be ban by Apple, Apple does not authorise such alternative payment mechanisms and bans Fortnite from the App Store and threatens to terminate Epic’s developer accounts, which would have impacted Epic ‘s main business of selling software used to make games.
Epic has managed to move to stop Apple from taking both steps. The judge had previously issued an emergency order that allowed Apple to remove Epic’s titles from the App Store but prevented the iPhone manufacturer from taking any action that might harm Epic’s developer tools.
“Epic Games has strong arguments about Apple’s exclusive distribution through the iOS App Store and the in-app purchasing” (IAP) “scheme through which Apple collects 30% of such IAP payments,” the judge said in Friday’s decision.