Apple: Epic's Fortnite Harm "Self-inflicted and Self-fixable"

Here's the latest court filing in the dispute between Apple and Epic over royalties, whether Apple must sell Fortnite on the App Store, and whether they can remove Epic's ability to support Unreal Engine games on iPhones (thanks Esports Observer). This pulls no punches, saying the battle royale game's support was declining before this conflict broke out: "For reasons having nothing to do with Epic’s claims against Apple, Fortnite’s popularity is on the wane. 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." They call the damage Epic is suffering since the removal of Fortnite from their ecosystem "self-inflicted and self-fixable":
In sum, Epic’s unprecedented and unsupported antitrust claims are doomed to fail on the merits, and thus Epic has not demonstrated likelihood of legal success; Epic’s asserted harm is the self-inflicted and self-fixable result of its own cheating and breach and thus not irreparable; and the balance of hardships and public interest favor Apple because the relief requested by Epic risks harming the iPhone ecosystem and around a billion iPhone users around the world. The detailed fact and expert declarations submitted by Apple, in view of binding and persuasive decisional authority, overwhelm Epic’s speculative and ultimately baseless submission. Accordingly, Epic’s motion for a preliminary injunction should be denied.
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Kxmode wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 02:19:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 02:01:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 17, 2020, 01:38:
Kxmode wrote on Sep 16, 2020, 22:35:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2020, 22:22:
Meanwhile, Apple continues to abuse it's monopoly position.

Just hours after the reveal of Apple’s new services bundles, the tech giant has already taken criticism for evidently favoring its own apps over those with which it directly competes in its App Store.
Spotify, which has been feuding with the tech giant for years now over its hefty App Store fees, quickly seized on the opportunity to raise Apple antitrust concerns.

But is it illegal? Meh. It's WRONG, no doubt. But Illegal, I don't think so. Apple owns the operating system and hardware. Like any platform, they create and govern the rules; rules companies agree to when they sign up for an account. So it is less a monopoly and more like a massive and unethical conflict of interest.
It's textbook anti-trust. It's why the studio system was dismantled in the 1950s. Just because the Trump JD doesn't prosecute doesn't mean it's not illegal.
As long as Billy Barr is at the helm don't expect nuthin to change. Shit, they might even get immunity from prosecution and a preemptive pardon.

This thread couldn't go more than 20 comments before it derailed into political things. I'm done.

It's almost like discussing what constitutes monopolies, trusts, and cartels is... somehow... a political topic!!!
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