The Fortnite phenomenon game will not return to the iPhone before the summer of 2021, unless its publisher, Epic Games, backs down in its battle against Apple, California justice confirmed on Friday.
Following the principle that “self-inflicted injuries do not constitute irreparable damage,” Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers refused to force Apple to reinstall the shooter and survival game on its devices, as requested by Epic Games.
The publisher of Fortnite has embarked on a battle against the electronics and technology giant, whose practices he considers “tyrannical” on iOS, its operating system for mobile devices.
He accuses him of levying a “tax” far too high (30%) on consumer transactions made via the App Store.
In August, Epic Games attempted to bypass iOS’s payment system, and therefore commissions.
The tech giant immediately banned Fortnite from its store, and iPhone and iPad users can no longer download the game, or, if they already have it, they no longer have access to essential updates. to its proper functioning.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers had already validated this measure from Apple, considering that there was clearly a breach of the contract.
“Epic Games has never satisfactorily explained its eagerness, other than its contempt for the situation. The current impasse is his fault, ”she asserts in her decision on Friday, issued after the hearing at the end of September.
The status quo in the conflict between the two groups should therefore continue until next summer, unless Epic accepts the terms of the initial contract, the “reasonable” solution, according to the judge.
“No one would lose face if the goal is to protect consumers, Fortnite players,” she continues.
“The Court even offered to place the 30% in receivership pending the resolution of the lawsuit, but Epic Games rejected this idea. This refusal suggests that Epic Games is more concerned with tactical maneuvers and that consumers on iOS. ”
Apple has explained on numerous occasions that this commission, which is an industry standard level, is used to ensure the proper functioning of the App Store and the safety of users.
But Epic Games is no longer alone in this crusade, and has joined forces with a dozen companies, including Deezer and Spotify. Gathered under the banner “Coalition for App Fairness” (“Coalition for equity between applications”), they want to change the regulations on application stores.
They accuse the operators of mobile platforms – mainly Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) – of being both judges and parties and of crushing the competition by promoting their own products.