In Apple’s September 8 court filing, the tech company is now seeking damages from Epic over breach of contract. “Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply wants to pay nothing for the tremendous value it derives from the App store,” the company stated in the filing.
In addition to wanting Epic’s external payment system permanently stopped and removed, Apple wants all earnings and profits generated as a result of Epic making it possible for players to bypass the App store’s payment system. Apple also claimed that it has been “injured in its business and has suffered damages, loss of goodwill and product image, and other harm.”
Apple’s filing is in response to Epic’s preliminary injunction against Apple to get Fortnite back on the App store. Epic’s Apple developer account was terminated on August 28, and prior to that, Epic’s appeal for a restraining order was partially denied. The judge ruled that Apple will not be forced to put Fortnite back in stores, but also that Apple cannot touch Epic’s Unreal Engine, which is used by many other developers.