Apple Says Epic Games Was Looking For A “Special Deal” In A Court Filing

Well, the plot thickens.

CNBC is reporting that Apple via a court filing is saying that that Epic Games was looking for a “special deal”….. Which is interesting as Epic has been saying that they were not looking for any special treatment:

In its filing, Apple alleges that Epic Games asked for an individual arrangement with Apple, producing three emails from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney that bolster its claim.

This is Apple’s first significant legal response to Epic Games after the disputebetween the two companies spilled into the courts. It comes the week after Epic Games released a direct payment mechanism inside Fortnite designed to bypass the App Store’s payment system, from which Apple takes a 30% cut. Apple subsequently removed Fortnite from its store for violating its policies. People who already have Fortnite installed on their iPhones can continue to play, but cannot update or download the app for the first time. 

Epic sued it Apple in an attempt to force it to change its business practices and launched a “free Fortnite” marketing campaign portraying Apple as the villain.

And if you go to the filing, it says this:

“On June 30, 2020, Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney wrote my colleagues and me an email asking for a ‘side letter’ from Apple that would create a special deal for only Epic that would fundamentally change the way in which Epic offers apps on Apple’s iOS platform,” former Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller wrote in a declaration. Schiller, whose title is now Fellow, runs Apple’s App Store. 

Well, that’s going to cause all sorts of trouble for Epic Games.

Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney shot back at this revelation via Twitter:

This has the smell of damage control to me. After all, they made a spoof of 1984 and acted like they were fighting for a higher purposed. But they were trying to negotiate a side deal. There’s a bit of irony in that.

I think that this will make people view Epic Games differently. Very differently.

2 Responses to “Apple Says Epic Games Was Looking For A “Special Deal” In A Court Filing”

  1. […] Bullshit as evidenced by a judge saying that this situation was of Epic’s own making. As in Epic tried to get a special deal from Apple. When that didn’t work, they kicked off this entire mess. So while I am not a lawyer, I truly […]

  2. […] will leave a mark. Seeing as Apple has previously given the court details of Sweeney tried to cut a deal with Apple to get himself more favorable terms right before this blew up. As time goes on, Epic really looks like a bunch of grade A scumbags that really need the butts […]

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