The war between Apple and Epic Games over Fortnite and the App Store is now in full swing and the two companies are set to meet in court for a hearing on September 28. Before then, though, Epic filing for a preliminary injunction against Apple.
Late on Friday night, Epic asked Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to undo Apple's actions to date and force it to allow Fortnite back into the App Store. Epic claims that it will suffer irreparable harm if its game is not reinstated back into Apple's App Store.
Judge Rogers previously told Epic that Apple didn't have to immediately allow Fortnite back into the App Store because Epic "strategically chose to breach its agreements with Apple", The Verge noted, and that the company's predicament "appears of its own making."
Epic says in its filing that daily active users of Fortnite on iOS declined by more than 60% from the time Apple removed the game from the App Store through September 2. The company also claims that those who do still continue to play are doing so for "significantly fewer hours per week" and that "friends and family are disappearing." Fortnite's newest season of content is not available on iOS or Mac.
The filing also reveals that there are more registered Fortnite players on iOS than on any other platform. Epic says that more than 116 million people have played Fortnite on iOS, which is nearly a third of the 350 million registered users that Fortnite has gotten worldwide.
The removal of Fortnite from the App Store has caused a "loss of goodwill" and has done "irreparable damage to Epic's reputation," the company argues. It says that it's gotten "countless customer complaints" about Fortnite's disappearance from the App Store and that many of those customers blame Epic for their loss of access to the game.
Epic is concerned that Fortnite's continued absence on the App Store could cause some players to move to a different game and that Epic "may never see these users again." This continued absence will also deny Epic "the opportunity to access even a single new user among the one-billion-plus iOS users for at least the next year," the company argues.
You can read Epic's full request for a preliminary injunction right here.