Epic Asks Court to Return Fortnite to the App Store

Epic has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the courts to force Apple to return Fortnite to the App Store (thanks Eurogamer.net). They call out Apple for "monopolistic conduct" and claim Apple's actions against them are causing "irreparable harm." Here's part of the lengthy filing that summarizes their case:
Epic meets all four requirements for the entry of its requested preliminary injunction. First, Epic is likely to succeed on the merits of the antitrust claims relevant to this Motion: Epic will likely be able to show that Apple’s requirement that apps distributed by the Apple App Store use exclusively Apple’s own in-app payment processing for digital content constitutes (1) a tying arrangement that unreasonably restrains trade, in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, and (2) an act of monopoly maintenance, in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2. Epic will also likely be able to show that Apple’s actions disallowing any consumer apps to be distributed on iOS devices through any means other than the Apple App Store constitute unlawful monopoly maintenance in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 2. Second, Epic is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief, in the form of harm to reputation, loss of consumer goodwill, injury to its competitive standing, and unquantifiable loss of future business. Third, the balance of the equities tips in favor of Epic. Apple would suffer little to no harm from entry of the injunction, but Epic would be irreparably damaged. Fourth, the public interest favors entry of an injunction that would prevent substantial harm to millions of third parties, including Fortnite users as well as game developers and others who rely on Epic’s Unreal Engine, and would further the robust enforcement of the antitrust laws.