Do you know L’Arroseur Arrosé? This classic of the Lumière brothers continues today to resonate through the video game news, while a new episode of the trench warfare around Fortnite brings down some masks.
The case between the giants Apple and Epic Games continues to delight teasing observers of the video game industry : Last week, the Northern California District Court rendered its verdict in a 185-page decision, and found that Apple’s methods violated the principles of local competition law, by preventing third parties from offering their own payment methods inside Fortnite (and elsewhere). If Epic Games only prevailed on one of the ten rights points raised during the trial, the CEO of the publisher Tim Sweeney did not wait any less to boast:
Fortnite will only return to the App Store when Epic can offer in-app payment, which can fairly compete with Apple’s method, saving our customers money. Thank you to those who took the time and made the effort to fight for fairness on digital platforms, and to the Court for promptly rendering a decision in such a complex case.
Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games
Lie to me
But now one of the world’s top 200 fortunes is taken at its own game, sinceApple has in fact decided to continue to ban Fortnite from the App Store until the final exhaustion of legal proceedings, which can obviously take some time, if not a certain time. He’s a less cheerful Tim Sweeny than a few days ago who teaches us :
Apple lied. Apple has spent a year telling the world, the courts and the press that they “will allow Epic to return to the App Store as long as they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else.” Epic agreed, and now Apple has again abused its monopoly power with a billion users.
Apple informed us overnight that Fornite would be balcklisted from its ecosystem until the end of the appeal proceedings, a process that could take five years.
Tim Sweeney, bitter
Those passionate about court-videogame soap operas rest assured: the next episode is already dated, since the agency Reuters tells us thatEpic will begin its appeals process on December 12, and that Apple will be invited to share its side of the story on January 20, 2022.
So many questions remain, we can not help but wonder if Fortnite will experience the same commercial success by the end of this incredible trial, somewhere in 2026 …