Billionaire CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, Says Apple ‘Lied’ as It Continues to Blacklist Massively Popular Fortnite Game

Tim Sweeney thought his battle with Apple was finally ending, after his video game company, Epic Games, paid the tech giant $6 million as part of a recent court decision. Epic had sued Apple in 2020 over alleged anti-competitive behavior, after its marquee franchise, Fortnite, was booted from the App Store when Epic tried to charge fees to users directly. Apple normally takes a 30 percent cut of transactions. This summer, a court handed down a mixed verdict in the case, but it seemed like Fortnite was on its way to getting re-listed. Apple had other ideas. On Tuesday, the company notified Epic that it will not reinstate the game “until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable.”

“Apple lied,” Sweeney tweeted on Wednesday, adding that the appeals process could drag out for another five years. “Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.”

SOURCE: The Daily Beast – Noah Kirsch

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