Fortnite maker accuses Apple of going on the attack
After pulling Fortnite from its App Store last week, Apple notified Epic Games it will cut off access to tools needed to tailor software for devices powered by the iPhone maker's operating systems, according to a request for a temporary restraining order.
Without those tools, Epic will not be able to create iPhone, iPad or Mac computer versions of its widely used Unreal Engine for powering rich graphics, the company said.
The Unreal Engine powers popular video games other than Fortnite, and has applications such as virtual reality training for astronauts and visual effects for television shows such as "The Mandalorian," according to Epic.
"Left unchecked, Apple’s actions will irreparably damage Epic’s reputation among Fortnite users and be catastrophic for the future of the separate Unreal Engine business."
Apple told Epic it would be cut off from software development tools by August 28, the filing said.
The Silicon Valley-based tech giant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
- 'Anti-competitive conduct' -
Apple, which does not allow users of its popular devices to download apps from anywhere but its App Store, booted the game from its online marketplace, followed later by Google.
Epic quickly filed a federal lawsuit against Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of wielding monopoly power.
The suit seeks a halt to Apple's "anti-competitive conduct" and invalidation of the tech giant's rules requiring app developers to pay the company 30 percent of transactions.
Apple said last week that Fortnite was pulled after "Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users."
Android users can still download updates directly from Epic.