The game developer Epic has failed in an attempt to bring its app store dispute with Apple to the UK. The UK competition court dismissed a lawsuit from Epic on Monday.
The judge ruled that the Competition Appeal Tribunal had no jurisdiction and that the lawsuit had to be fought in the United States. In contrast, he partially admitted a similar lawsuit against Google. Epic, developer of the popular game “Fortnite” recently also submitted a competition complaint against Apple to the EU Commission.
The dispute erupted in August after Epic no longer wanted to adhere to the more than a decade-old requirement that virtual items in the game on iPhones and iPads can only be offered through Apple’s in-app purchases system. Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price. Instead, Epic would like to run its own app store on the iPhone.
After the iPhone group rejected changes to the terms and conditions, the Epic developers built into the app the contractually prohibited option of being able to buy the items directly from Epic. For this purpose, a hidden function was activated in the application in August, which Epic had smuggled past Apple’s app reviewers.
On the same day, Apple threw “Fortnite” with reference to the rule violation from the App Store. Epic immediately went to court accusing Apple of unfair competition. Apple claims damages in a counterclaim.
Epic also introduced its own payment method in the “Fortnite” app for smartphones with the Google Android operating system. Google then banned the app from its Play Store download platform. Unlike on iPhones, Android users can also download them from other sources.
The Apple share temporarily lost 1.99 percent on the NASDAQ on Monday to 127.29 US dollars.