Apple's latest round of statements in their legal war against Epic were certainly peculiar, as they claimed that Fortnite's developer has abused funds that belong to them. Well, that's off the table now.
In their counterclaims, Apple accused Epic of purposeful interference with the goal of economic advantage, suggesting the latter "has funds that should be in Apple's possession". The iPhone maker asked for punitive damages as well, arguing they've been on the receiving side of Epic's bad behaviour.
Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers, however, dismissed the notion and stressed that this is a matter of the 30 per cent cut, rather than funds in general.
"You can't just say it - you actually have to have facts that support it, and you don't", Gonzales Rogers told Apple's attorneys, claiming the company "is on the losing side of this."
Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, Epic's spokesperson said that dismissal of these claims will be beneficial in ensuring that the legal case stays the course. We suppose they can now breathe a sigh of relief, and the coast should be clear until the actual trial.
Which, as you probably know, is due to be held in May 2021. Ironically, the only thing both of the companies agree on is that it shouldn't be a jury trial, but instead, be handled by courts.
As for what this means for Fortnite's iOS players, well not a lot. The popular battle royale will continue its exile from Apple's platforms, and the earlier dismissal means this is unlikely to change until the legal case has been drawn to a conclusion.