Apple created an App Store to give customers a wide range of apps they can use form their iPhone. Apple takes a 30% standard fee of all in app purchases, in exchange for allowing developers access to the App Store. Epic Games, the creator of the popular Fortnite app, circumvented this 30% fee by offering discounts for Fortnite purchases made directly through their app.1 In response, Apple banned Fortnite from their App Store.2 Epic Games then filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple for monopolizing the App Store, thus prompting Apple to completely cut off Epic Games access to the App Store.3 Epic Games then filed to a permanent injunction to be returned to the App Store. However, while the suit played out, Epic Games filed for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”), to temporarily get Fortnite and all other Epic Games back on the App Store.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on September 30, 2020. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Levi, Michael, "Epic Games v. Apple: Fortnite and TROs" (2020). AELJ Blog. 246.