Epic Games said on Monday it was seeking to block Apple’s removal of Fortnite from its app store and has asked a judge to prevent any retaliatory action against its other games in the store.

Apple said on Friday it had terminated Fortnite creator Epic Games’ account on its App Store amid a legal battle over the iPhone maker’s in-app payment guidelines and accusations they constitute a monopoly.

Apple said its move will not affect Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, a software tool relied on by hundreds of other app makers. But the move means iPhone users will not be able to download Fortnite or other Epic titles through the Apple App Store. Players who have already downloaded Epic’s games will still be able to play but will no longer be able to make in-app purchases with Apple’s payment system.


On Monday, a federal court ruled that Apple could block Epic’s titles from its store but could not take action that would harm Unreal Engine while Epic’s antitrust lawsuit against the iPhone maker plays out.

Apple pulled Epic after the popular games creator implemented a feature to let iPhone users make in-app purchases directly, rather than using Apple’s in-app purchase system, which charges commissions of 30%.

Apple had said it would allow Fortnite back into the store if Epic removed the direct payment feature. But Epic refused on Thursday, saying complying with Apple’s request would be “to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS”.

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