A couple of weeks ago, after a judge granted Apple a temporary relief and stated that they did not have to allow Fortnite back into the App Store, it appears that Epic isn’t too thrilled by that decision and have since filed a preliminary injunction in which they are seeking that the courts force Apple to allow Fortnite back into the App Store and to restore its developer account.
The previous temporary relief was kind of a win for both Apple and Epic. It meant that Apple would not be forced to allow a game back into the App Store that flouted its rules, but it also made it so that Apple was not allowed to block Epic’s developer accounts, which not only impacted Epic, but a ton of other games and developers who relied on Epic’s Unreal Engine to build their games on.
Epic claims that by not allowing Fortnite back into the App Store, it could end up doing “irreparable harm” to the company. They also cite how daily active iOS users have declined by as much as 60% following the app’s initial removal. Some have argued that this is entirely Epic’s own doing by flagrantly ignoring the rules and terms of conditions of Apple’s App Store, while others are in agreement with Epic that Apple’s cut of 30% from all in-app purchases is a bit too much, especially given how much of the market they control.
There was even a recent proposal made in Russia in which lawmakers are asking that Apple’s cut be limited to 20%, and that a third of that 20% will also be paid for and used for training services for those in the IT field.