In the Epic Games vs Apple battle, Epic has made its latest accusation in a new filing against Apple for making incorrect statements in its own legal filing earlier this week. Epic said that Apple “cherry-picked” Google search results about Fortnite’s popularity.
Before that, Apple had suggested that the legal battle over the removal of Fortnite from the App Store was merely a publicity stunt by Epic Games and that the popularity of Fortnite had already started to decline:
“For reasons having nothing to do with Epic’s claims against Apple, Fortnite’s popularity is on the wane. By July 2020, interest in Fortnite had decreased by nearly 70% as compared to October 2019. This lawsuit (and the front-page headlines it has generated) appears to be part of a marketing campaign designed to reinvigorate interest in Fortnite.”
The legal fight started when Apple kicked Fortnite off of the App Store in August after Epic sneaked an in-app payment system thus violating App Store’s rules. After that, Epic also won a temporary restraining order against Apple that prohibited the company from terminating the game developer’s account used to support the company’s Unreal Engine. In the same ruling, the judge also declared that Apple wasn’t obligated to bring back Fortnite to the App Store.
In its latest filing, Epic has called Apple’s statement of declining popularity of Fortnite as false, and cited its own user engagement data as proof. The filing states, “Over the period of time that Apple cherry-picked for its Google search volume comparison (between October 2019 and July 2020), the number of daily active users on Fortnite actually increased by more than 39%.”
A full court hearing is scheduled for September 28th.