Epic Games Sues Apple for Removing ‘Fortnite’ From App Store

‘Fortnite’ violates Apple’s payment policies by offering its own in-game currency and avoiding App Store fees, Apple says

Epic Games on Thursday sued Apple over the removal of its popular “Fortnite” game from Apple’s App Store earlier in the day after the tech giant said the shooter game’s introduction of a new in-game currency violated its payment terms of service.

Apple pulled “Fortnite” after Epic started offering discounts for users buying in-game items by purchasing credits (called V-Bucks) directly through Epic Games instead of via the App Store. In its lawsuit, Epic argued that it needed to institute the credits because Apple’s 30% commission is exorbitant and part of a scheme to reduce competition in its marketplace. Epic is represented by San Francisco-based law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, who didn’t immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

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