Important news in the case of Epic Games against Apple. After the Fortnite company alleged that the threat to block its developer access to the company’s platforms on August 28 constituted sufficient emergency to request a temporary restraining order against Apple, the courts have made an early first decision. As Bloomberg reports, the US courts have given the green light to the order to protect the viability of Unreal Engine, but have backed Apple’s actions so far.
In the first meeting within the courts, District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has allowed Fortnite to be blocked in the App Store, granting the first victory to Apple in what appears to be a bloody legal battle. However, it has also granted Epic the request for a restraining order against Apple that prevents them from blocking their access to iOS and macOS to work on their engine, something that had been endorsed by Microsoft this week.
As Judge Rogers explains , Epic is the one that has broken its agreements around Fortnite, but has not violated any rule regarding Unreal Engine. By trying to block the company’s engine, ” Apple has chosen to act tough ” and put other companies using the technology at risk: “Epic Games and Apple are free to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not wreak havoc on everyone else . “
In short, it is a fairly sensible resolution in a case where good sense had not made much of an appearance so far, which supports Apple’s right to block an app in its store for violating the rules, but prevents a clear retribution for your part towards other products. “So far, I haven’t heard anything to suggest that they [Epic] can’t just revert things to the way they were on August 3, ” the judge commented on the object of contention – Fortnite – before announcing the preliminary decision.
For the moment, the courts have set a new date for the two companies to present their cases again: September 28. This all started in early August when Epic Games introduced a new external payment option in Fortnite to avoid iOS and Android fees. A clear breach of the rules, which caused its withdrawal in mobile stores, with its consequent lawsuit by the company. About this, Apple said yesterday that the only person responsible for all this is Epic Games and that they can reverse their app and return whenever they want, while the developer takes the opportunity to offer special events in Fortnite around the dispute.