Apple will search damages towards Epic Video games for allegedly breaching its contract with the iOS App Retailer, in a brand new escalation of the 2 corporations’ ongoing authorized battle. The transfer got here in a filing entered on Tuesday, alongside counterclaims for unjust enrichment and tortious interference with Apple’s relationship with its clients.
“Epic’s flagrant disregard for its contractual commitments and different misconduct has triggered vital hurt to Apple,” the submitting reads. “Left unchecked, Epic’s conduct threatens the very existence of the iOS ecosystem and its large worth to shoppers.”
Epic Video games sued Apple in August, after the corporate’s hit recreation Fortnite was faraway from the iOS App Retailer over the implementation of an unauthorized fee system. The grievance, filed August 13th, alleges that Apple is violating antitrust legislation, utilizing its complete management over iOS to extract a fee for all software program that passes by means of the App Retailer.
Apple’s submitting is available in response to an exhaustive motion for a preliminary injunction, filed by Epic over the weekend. Tuesday’s submitting lays out a spread of defenses towards that movement. Amongst different claims, Apple maintains there have been professional enterprise justifications for all the actions it undertook, which might undercut a broader antitrust declare. “Always, [Apple’s] conduct was affordable and … its actions had been undertaken in good religion to advance professional enterprise pursuits and had the impact of selling, encouraging, and growing competitors,” the grievance reads.
Apple declined to remark past the submitting.
A recent ruling on a temporary restraining order made it unlikely Fortnite will return to the iOS App Retailer within the speedy future. The identical ruling enjoined Apple from taking extra motion towards one other developer account utilized by Epic to help the Unreal Engine.
Epic’s reply to Apple’s submitting is due by September 18th, forward of a full listening to on September twenty eighth.