On Friday, a federal judge in California ruled in an injunction request that Apple could bar Epic Games’ Fortnite game from its App Store but must not harm Epic’s developer tools business, which includes the Unreal Engine software used by hundreds of other video games.

District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that “The Court maintains its findings from the temporary restraining order and hereby grants in part and denies in part Epic Games’ motion for a preliminary injunction.”

Epic Games had filed for a preliminary injunction last month that would put its game back in the App Store and restore its developer account after the iPhone maker terminated Epic Games’ account on its App Store.

In August, Epic sued Apple and claiming that the company’s 30 percent commission on some in-app purchases made through its App Store, combined with Apple’s controls over what apps users can download to their iPhones, constituted anticompetitive behavior.

Apple does not allow such alternative payment systems and removed Fortnite from the App Store and threatened to terminate Epic’s developer accounts, which would have affected Epic’s other business of selling software used to create games. Epic moved to stop Apple from taking both steps.

Previously, the judge issued an emergency order that allowed Apple to pull Epic’s titles from the App Store but barred the company from taking any action that would harm Epic’s developer tools.

The judge said in Friday’s ruling that “Epic Games has strong arguments regarding Apple’s exclusive distribution through the iOS App Store, and the in-app purchase (“IAP”) system through which Apple takes 30 percent of certain IAP payments.”

However, she added that Epic Games has not sufficiently addressed Apple’s counter-arguments. “The equities, addressed in the temporary restraining order, remain the same.”

Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/fortnite-app-store-removal-epic-games-us-judge-ruling-2308451