Apple had removed Fortnite from the App Store a few weeks ago, because developer Epic Games deployed its own payment system to bypass the mandatory remittances to Apple. Epic Games took Apple to court and ruled that the American company from Cupertino may ban Fortnite from its App Store.
Fortnite vs Apple
New court documents filed by developer Epic Games today state that the number of Fortnite players playing the game on an iPad, iPad or iPod touch has dropped by as much as 60 percent.
In the player decline, the developer looked at gamers who are active on a daily basis. The figure illustrates how many people can no longer play the game. If we are to believe Epic Games, 63 percent of iOS gamers only play on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Fortnite is said to have been downloaded by more than 116 million people, who collectively played 2.86 billion hours. It is not yet clear how many of them are still actively playing the game.
Apple demands 30 percent of all in-app purchases. Epic Games thinks that is too much and says that alternatives should exist. By putting its own payment system in the game, the developer wanted to provoke a legal dispute. Immediately after Apple removed Fortnite, Epic Games filed multiple lawsuits.
Epic Games is trying to get Fortnite back into the App Store with a lawsuit until the judge has ruled.
Today we asked the Court to stop Apple's retaliation against Epic for daring to challenge its unlawful restrictions while our antitrust case proceeds. This is a necessary step to free consumers and developers from Apple's costly, anti-competitive control. https://t.co/r2XxhitjMp
– Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) September 5, 2020