Epic Games Files New Injunction Against Apple in Ongoing Legal Dispute Citing 'Irreparable Harm'

Epic Games released a spoof on Apple's famous 1984 advertisment.
Epic Games released a spoof on Apple's famous 1984 advertisment. | Photo by Epic Games

Epic Games filed a new injunction against Apple as the two continue to feud over the App Store's payment policy.

Fortnite was removed from the App Store and Google Play Store on Aug. 13 after Epic Games tried to bypass royalty charges by reducing the price of V-Bucks. Epic Games successfully reduced V-Bucks prices on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac, but Apple acted swiftly by removing the game from the App Store.

Epic Games then filed a legal complaint in the US District Court of California the same day leading some to believe that this move was known by both parties beforehand. Epic Games also released a spoof of the famous Apple 1984 advertisement in which Apple sought out to dismantle the IBM monopoly.

Epic Games Files New Injunction Against Apple in Ongoing Legal Dispute

Epic Games filed new legal papers on Aug. 17 stating that the company is likely to suffer "irreparable harm absent a preliminary injunction."

The first argument Epic Games states in its latest filing highlight how iPhone users will be far behind the rest of the Fortnite community because they won't be able to update their game if Fortnite remains removed from the App Store.

"Second, if Apple terminates Epic's Developer Program account, the Unreal Engine would wither. Without necessary development tools, Epic cannot develop future updates for the Unreal Engine for Apple's operating systems and would be forced to discontinue the Unreal Engine for those platforms (Mac and iOS)," Epic Games said in the Aug. 17 filing.

As of writing, Fortnite remains removed from the Google Play and App Stores.