Epic Games received a setback today in its legal battle against Apple over App
Store royalties. The United Kingdom antitrust tribunal ruled Epic will not be
allowed to protest Apple's removal of Fortnite
from the App Store in the
UK. The tribunal says the US would be a better forum for such action, and Epic
says it will consider resuming the case in the UK after its US lawsuit is
The UK antitrust tribunal ruled on Monday that Epic Games, the
creator of popular game Fortnite, will not be allowed to pursue its case against
Apple Inc in the United Kingdom over its App Store payment system and control
over app downloads.
The two companies have been at loggerheads since August, when the game maker
tried to avoid Apple’s 30% fee on the App Store by launching its own in-app
payment system, which led to Apple’s subsequent ban of Fortnite from its store.
The UK tribunal said Epic’s suit against Alphabet Inc’s Google could move
forward, but deemed that the United States would be a better forum for its case
“Epic will reconsider pursuing its case against Apple in the UK after the
resolution of the U.S. case,” the video game company said in a statement in
response to the tribunal’s ruling.