Apple Is Saying That Epic Games Is Engaging In “Willful, Brazen, And Unlawful Conduct”… Ouch

Well, this is really becoming a bitch slap fest.

Apple filed paperwork today in relation to an upcoming hearing that may decide if Fortnite makes it back onto the App Store. Oh, and Apple is now suing Epic Games for damages for breach of contract. And it wasn’t nice. MacRumors has the details:

In a court filing today, Apple says that Epic’s lawsuit is “nothing more than a basic disagreement over money,” highlighting the revenue that Epic Games has earned through the Fortnite iOS app and Apple’s developer tools.

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. Epic’s demands for special treatment and cries of “retaliation” cannot be reconciled with its flagrant breach of contract and its own business practices, as it rakes in billions by taking commissions on game developers’ sales and charging consumers up to $99.99 for bundles of “V-Bucks.”

For years, Epic took advantage of everything the ‌App Store‌ had to offer. It availed itself of the tools, technology, software, marketing opportunities, and customer reach that Apple provided so that it could bring games like Infinity Blade and Fortnite to Apple customers all over the world. It enjoyed the tremendous resources that Apple pours into its ‌App Store‌ to constantly innovate and create new opportunities for developers and experiences for customers, as well as to review and approve every app, keeping the ‌App Store‌ safe and secure for customers and developers alike.

But it doesn’t stop there, here’s the “ouch” moment which references Epic CEO Eric Sweeney:

Neither Mr. Sweeney’s self-righteous (and self-interested) demands nor the scale of Epic’s business can justify Epic’s deliberate contractual breaches, its tortious conduct, or its unfair business practices. This court should hold Epic to its contractual promises, award Apple compensatory and punitive damages, and enjoin Epic from engaging in further unfair business practices.

That 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 kicked in court and beyond. Which is not the result that I bet that Epic was expecting.

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