Fortnite developer Epic Games and Apple have been in conflict with each other for several weeks now. Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store because Epic Games deployed its own payment system to bypass the mandatory remittances to Apple.
Epic Games has again tried to get Fortnite back into the App Store through a preliminary injunction against Apple. According to the developer, since the game's removal from the App Store, daily iOS players would have dropped by as much as 60 percent.
The full hearing was already scheduled for September 28, but Epic Games hopes to get Fortnite on the App Store at least until a verdict is reached.
A judge previously ruled that Apple did not have to place the game in the App Store. According to the judge, the developer had not proven that financial damage had been done and that Epic itself strategically chose to violate the deals with Apple.
Epic Games now says that iOS is the largest platform for Fortnite with more than 116 million registered players. That's nearly one third of the 350 million Fortnite players. About 63 percent of iOS players would only play the game on an iPhone or iPad. The developer fears that these users will never play the game again.