Apple says Fortnite removal from App Store is “self-inflicted” injury by Epic

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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) strongly refuted the allegations of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, which the tech giant removed from the App Store.

The online video games developer alleged that the tech giant engaged in “anti-competitive restraints and monopolistic practices” involving its App Store and the iOS in-app payment processing. It is seeking injunctive relief to stop Apple’s allegedly unlawful conduct.

In a court filing on Friday, Apple said the removal of Fortnite from the App Store is a “self-inflicted” injury since Epic chose to “willfully and knowingly” breach their agreements.

Apple says Epic can easily cure the injury it is claiming

Epic “knew fully well” the consequences of its decision to “bypass Apple’s payment system and review process” by “secretly installing a “hotfix” into its Fortnite App. It “made the deliberate choice to cheat Apple” on August 13,” according to the tech giant in its opposition to the Fortnite maker’s motion for TRO.

Apple argued that the Court must deny Epic’s request for an injunction citing the reason that Epic “knowingly and purposely created the harm to game players and developers.”