In the ongoing Epic Games v. Apple case, Epic said in a new legal filing that Apple made incorrect statements in legal filings earlier this week,media reported. The game developer said Apple had made a “merit- choice” on Google Search for content about the popularity of its Fortnite.
Apple has said that Epic’s legal battle against Fortnite in the App Store is just a publicity stunt, and that the game’s popularity has begun to decline – “Fortnite’s popularity is declining, regardless of Epic’s allegations against Apple.” By July 2020, interest in Fortnite was down nearly 70 percent from October 2019. The lawsuit appears to be part of a marketing campaign aimed at re-inciting interest in Fortnite. “
In August, Apple kicked Fortnite out of the App Store because the game’s in-app payment system violated its rules. Epic won a temporary restraining order against Apple that banned the iPhone maker from retaliating against Epic by terminating the developer account that supported the company’s Unreal engine. But in the same ruling, the judge ruled that Apple did not need to put Fortnite back on the app store.
In its latest filing, Epic, citing its own user engagement data, said Apple’s statement that interest in Fortnite had declined was not true. “During the comparison of Google searches selected by Apple,” the document says. Between October 2019 and July 2020, The number of daily active users of Fortnite actually increased by more than 39%. “