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Epic Games vs. Apple: Fortnite litigation culminates

Epic Games, the company that created it Fortnite, took another step in its ongoing dispute with Apple.

On Friday, Epic Games again referred to its claim for a court order that will force Apple to return its favorite video game to App Store. In a deposit at court In California, the gaming company disputed some of Apple's claims, suggesting that players' interest in Fortnite was elusive.

Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store in August after the gaming company violated Apple's rules by introducing a direct payment option to game without Apple's approval. This payment system would compete with Apple's in-app purchasing system, which is their giant iPhone requires all applications to use.

Usually when players make in-app purchases on devices iOS, Apple receives 30% of these sales. The direct payment feature for Fortnite undermined this condition.

In a September 4 lawsuit, Epic Games said it was "likely to suffer irreparable damage" if the app did not return to the App Store, and also called Apple a "monopoly."

Apple recently responded with a court order, claiming that "Epic games started a fire, and poured gasoline on it, and is now asking the court for help to put it out." Apple also provided its data Google Trends, saying that searches for Fortnite fell by almost 70% compared to last year.

Apple has blamed Epic Games for the stalemate in the App Store, saying the gaming company is "holding its customers hostage to gain an advantage in a business dispute."

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Epic Games reported on Apple's report on Friday, accusing it of selectively collecting data to mislead the courts.

"Apple data contains a series of half-truths and lies aimed at coloring Epic as the perpetrator," the company said. video games. Epic Games claims that Apple chose to include "misleading" Google search data when the number of daily Fortnite players actually increased by 39%.

A full hearing on the subject is scheduled for September 28. Epic Games wants Fornite back in the App Store before that date.

"Epic seeks only one thing: to offer its consumers an alternative payment processing service, and this process continues unabated," the gaming company said.

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