In a new request for a preliminary supply to the judge, Epic reports that the number of daily Fortnite players on iOS has decreased by 60 percent since Apple removed the game from the App Store and shut down multiplayer.
In total, there are 116 million registered Fortnite users on iOS and that is almost a third of the 350 million registered players that are there in total, reports Epic in Friday’s request for a provisional supply. The Verge publishes the legal document. It is not known how many active players there are on iOS every day, but that number would have fallen by 60%.
Epic has measured from the moment of removing Fortnite from the App Store until september 2. At the end of August, multiplayer quit on iOS and macOS. Of the Fortnite players on iOS, 63 percent could only play on iOS, the claim continues. Epic tries to give an indication of the damage suffered, although the gaming company reports that the damage is not to be counted in a sum.
According to Epic, Fortnite is a social platform and a ‘place of gathering of players on all platforms’. The company fears that the runaway players will not return and complain that it cannot approach any of the more than a billion iOS users. This measure would remain in force for at least one year.
Apple reacts with a summary of its earlier statements that Epic has violated the terms of the App Store with updates from Fortnite, that this is unfair to other developers and that Epic is thereby harming customers. The case will start on september 28th. The judge decided, in a preliminary provision previously filed, that Apple Epics would not close the developer account for the Unreal Engine, but the judge did allow for the removal of Fortnite.