I figured this is an interesting case, surprised no ones made a post.
There’s a lot to unpack but I figured anyone interested might be able to share the factual information that we can base discussion on?
Yesterday, in response to Epics file for a temporary restraining order, apple has laid out their defence of why an order should not be given.
Additionally with this the email exchange between Tim Sweeney (Epic) and Apple was released
The emails are quite interesting on a few levels, the main one being what Epic was asking for. Essentially to have their own store with the same access as the App Store, and to have their own payment provider
- Competing payment processing options other than Apple payments, without Apple’s fees, in Fortnite and other Epic Games software distributed through the iOS App Store;
- A competing Epic Games Store app available through the iOS App Store and through direct installation that has equal access to underlying operating system features for software installation and update as the iOS App Store itself has, including the ability to install and update software as seamlessly as the iOS App Store experience.
I know there were initially some stories about this simply being about fees, but that’s doesn’t appear to be Epics case here.
The email exchange is worth a read.
Here is the original filing by Epic
I’ve not yet added information about the main case, or about it being merged with another case (I believe?) If anyone has good information on this feed free to add to the topic or edit the post for discussion (I’ve made it a wiki)