By now, you’re likely aware of the legal battle between Epic Games and Apple. Shortly after it all started, the latter threatened to completely cut the former off its App Store dev tools. The former has asked the US courts, specifically a Northern California court, to stop it with a temporary restraining order. And it looks like Epic has a small win in the bag in that regard.
In a court hearing, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has granted the temporary restraining order with respect to Unreal Engine. But that doesn’t apply to games made by Epic directly, like Fortnite. Her initial thoughts are that all the publisher needs to do is to revert to not having an alternative payment method to close the case. And ultimately, that opinion remained unchanged at the end of the hearing.
Of course, The company isn’t willing to do that. Its lawyers argue that doing so will mean asking “consumers to pay more than they should in a competitive environment”.
Apple’s legal team, on the other hand, argues that allowing the Unreal Engine to remain will possibly lead to Epic Games to “transfer its bad behaviour to other entities”. Rogers struck down the claim, pointing out that Apple’s contract regarding the Unreal Engine was with Epic International, and not with Epic Games directly.
Of course, this is just addressing the temporary restraining order requested by Epic which was ultimately granted. The hearing for the preliminary injunction will take place next month, on 28 September.