In a response to the August lawsuit filed by Epic Games, Apple called those arguments “self-righteous” and “self-interested”. It denied that its 30% commission was anti-competitive and said the fight was “a basic disagreement over money”.
The filing is the latest in a legal battle that started last month, after Fortnite offered a discount on its virtual currency for purchases made outside of the app, from which Apple receives a 30% cut.In response, Apple blocked Epic’s ability to distribute updates or new apps through the App Store, and Epic sued, alleging that Apple’s App Store practices violate antitrust laws.
Apple had said it would allow Fortnite back into the store if Epic removed the direct payment feature to comply with its developer agreement. But Epic has refused, saying complying with Apple’s request would be “to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS.”
Apple accused the firm, which it noted is backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent, of seeking a special deal before ultimately breaching its contract with the update.
“Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply wants to pay nothing for the tremendous value it derives from the App Store,”
At a hearing in Washington over the summer, politicians also raised concerns that Apple’s control of the app store hurt competition.