The number of Fortniteplayers playing the game on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch are down 60 percent since Apple pulled the game from the App Store. This is stated in court documents submitted by studio Epic Games.
With the player drop, the developer looked at gamers who are active on a daily basis. The figure illustrates how many people can no longer play the game: 63 percent of iOS players play exclusively on an Apple device, according to Epic Games.
Until it was removed, the game would have been downloaded by 116 million people, who played 2.86 billion hours in total. It is unclear how many of them were still actively playing.
The game was cleared after the company broke Apple’s rules. The tech giant wants app makers to run all payments through Apple’s platform, but Epic Games has added its own payment method.
Epic Games sparked a fight with Apple
Epic Game is critical of the way Apple makes money. If all payments go through the business, the business would make up to 30 percent of all sales. The game studio thinks that is too much and believes that there should be alternatives.
By putting its own payment method in the game, Epic Games wanted to provoke a legal dispute. Shortly after the game was over, the company filed multiple lawsuits. Also in Fortnite played a satirical video criticizing Apple.
The summary proceedings deal with two points
Epic Games is now trying to challenge two points with summary proceedings. First, the studio wants that Fortnite will be allowed back into the App Store until the judge has ruled. In addition, the company wants to prevent games created by other developers with Epics software from being removed.
The two companies have recently been taken to court on the same issue; this led to a judgment that is only valid for a few weeks. In addition, the judge said that the game can still be banned from the App Store, but that the other games cannot be duped.