Apple Files Counterclaims Against Epic Games Alleging Breach of Contract

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Apple Files Counterclaims Against Epic Games Alleging Breach of Contract

New developments arise in the Apple vs. Epic Games legal battle.

Apple Inc. filed counterclaims against Epic Games earlier today alleging a breach of contract, which saw the Carolina-based video game developer attempting to bypass Apple’s in-app purchase fees with their popular title Fortnite: Battle Royale. According to official United States District Court documents, Apple alleges that Epic Games collected over $600 million in revenue from Fortnite in the App Store.

Apple's counterclaim

As a result of Epic’s “breach of contract,” Apple is seeking damages. This development is the latest in the ongoing battle between Apple Inc. and Epic Games, which transpired back in early-August. Apple has not backed down whatsoever. As a result, Apple iOS players cannot install or play Fortnite on any of their devices.

The introductory statement on the counterclaim is a tell-all of how Apple feels about the situation. They state that this “modern corporate Robin Hood” is not entitled to their actions.

“Epic’s lawsuit is nothing more than a basic disagreement over money. 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.”

The 67-page document goes into detail of how the Apple vs. Epic Games saga began, where the former claims, “Epic decided that it would like to reap the benefits of the App Store without paying anything for them”. This counterclaim came in response to Epic’s filing on September 5, where they campaigned the court to allow Fortnite back in the App Store. According to The Verge, Epic Games must respond to the counterclaims by September 18.

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Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.