Epic’s decision to bypass Apple’s App Store policies were dishonest, says US judge

A US judge hearing arguments in Epic’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple has criticized the game developer’s decision to breach its contract with the iPhone maker by pushing a version of Fortnite with a custom payment system onto the App Store. The decision resulted in Apple removing Fortnite from the App Store.

During a hearing on Monday with both companies, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California expressed skepticism about Epic’s arguments, particularly its claim that it did not pose a security threat to Apple because it is a well-established company and partner.

“You did something, you lied about it by omission, by not being forthcoming. That’s the security issue. That’s the security issue!” Rogers told Epic, according to a report from CNN. “There are a lot of people in the public who consider you guys heroes for what you guys

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Epic’s Effort To Rally ‘Fortnite’ Fans Against Apple Has Not Really Panned Out

There were two prongs in Epic’s decision to pick a direct fight with Apple by bypassing iOS app store payments which caused Fortnite to be kicked off the market, frozen in time, unable to be updated with new patches and seasons of content. The first was legal, as Epic was prepared for that response and is now taking Apple to court over the 30% cut and the banning of apps like Fortnite that don’t follow that.

The second was a public-facing campaign where they branded this new crusade #FreeFortnite, letting fans print their own merch, and airing an ad mocking the Apple’s own 1984 commercial implying they were now the oppressive overlords they once fought against. There’s even an anti-Apple in-game skin, the Tart Tycoon.

The legal challenge is obviously the most important part of this, and it seems like each week the case takes some new twist

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