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Epic’s latest filing claims Apple lied about Fortnite’s popularity

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There’s a brand new improvement within the high-profile sport of hen between Apple and Epic. The Fortnite developer’s latest legal filing claims that Apple “cherry-picked” Google information in its personal authorized submitting earlier this week to assist its narrative that Fortnite’s declining recognition is the impetus behind all this drama.

Apple has repeatedly argued that Epic began the authorized battle over Fortnite in its App Retailer as a publicity stunt as a result of the sport’s hype has began to flatline. In a filing Tuesday, it stated that curiosity in Fortnite had fallen “by practically 70%” between October 2019 and July 2020 based on Google Traits and that Epic’s lawsuit “seems to be a part of a advertising and marketing marketing campaign designed to reinvigorate curiosity in Fortnite.”

However Epic’s calling bullshit on these claims, citing its personal person engagement information as proof that the Fortnite hype practice remains to be chugging alongside simply wonderful, thanks.

“Over the time period that Apple cherry-picked for its Google search quantity comparability… the variety of every day lively customers on Fortnite truly elevated by greater than 39%,” the corporate wrote in reply papers filed late Friday night.

To not point out that Apple’s choice to quote Google Traits, of all issues, is already suspect to start with. It measures the quantity of searches for any given time period, however even if folks aren’t looking for Fortnite on Google as a lot as they was, that doesn’t show a correlation between how many individuals are nonetheless enjoying or downloading the sport. I’d put cash on this being an Occam’s broom state of affairs: Apple simply went with that statistic as a result of it was the one one they discovered that proved their level.

As a recap, Apple booted Fortnite off its App Retailer in August after Epic’s theatrical attempt to avoid its so-called “Apple Tax,” which requires that builders fork over 30% of income from in-app purchases for the privilege of getting their app on iOS. The 2 have been enjoying a melodramatic sport of tit-for-tat ever since. Epic instantly sued, in fact, then Apple terminated its App Store developer account for iOS. After that, Epic vowed not to push the Aug. 27 Fortnite replace to iOS or macOS in retaliation, and Apple launched a countersuit for compensatory and punitive damages, calling Epic’s actions a deliberate try and undermine its iOS ecosystem.

The drama remains to be enjoying out in courtroom, with a full courtroom listening to scheduled for Sept. 28. Within the case’s first hearing in August, a choose dominated that Apple may kick Fortnite off its App Retailer however not Epic’s Unreal Engine. Epic has additionally asked the court to revive each Fortnite and its developer account within the App Retailer.

It’s seemingly these two will proceed to take jabs at each other all through this authorized drama, so that you may as nicely settle in and seize some popcorn as these incendiary press releases preserve flying.

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Alyse Stanley