Epic's Tim Sweeney outlines his case against Apple in a Twitter thread

Ruben Fields
September 20, 2020

Epic recently reached an agreement with OnePlus, an OEM, to allow users of OnePlus mobile devices to seamlessly install Fortnite and other Epic games by touching an Epic Games app on their devices-without encountering any obstacles imposed by the Android OS. "Epic said the system is the same payment system it already uses to process payments on PC and Mac computers and Android phones", Anderson continues.

Epic Games wants to use alternative payment processing tools beyond Apple's In-App purchase to spur innovation and provide its users with lower prices and better service. It has also filed a complaint against Apple in the U.S. District Court in Northern California for dropping Fortnite.

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In the parody, which quickly garnered hundreds of thousands of views, a female Fortnite fighter hurls a unicorn-shaped club to smash a screen on which an Apple-headed character speaks of "the anniversary of the platform unification directives".

Analysts believe users of Apple devices spend the most on gaming through their purchases on the App Store, which is the largest component of the company's services segment revenue of $46.3 billion per year.

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Google also removed Fortnite from its Play Store, but did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

Epic's lawsuit, however, argues that app distribution and in-app payments for Apple devices constitute their own distinct market for anti-competition purposes because Apple users rarely leave its "sticky" ecosystem, according to Epic's filing. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.

"'Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we're glad they've built such a successful business on the App Store, ' reads Apple's statement".

"Epic's lawsuit against Google accuses the tech giant of abandoning its idealistic roots and says Android's claim that it's an open ecosystem is a 'broken promise", they add. Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, has since taken to Twitter to explain his company's position in a thread.

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