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Fortnite creator Epic Games has argued that Apple’s plan to terminate its Developer Program membership would be « overbroad retaliation » and « an unlawful effort to maintain its monopoly and chill any action by others who might dare oppose Apple. »
By having its Developer Program membership terminated, Epic Games would not only lose its ability to develop Fortnite for iOS, but also its popular game engine Unreal Engine for iOS and macOS, which thousands of developers rely on for their games.
In a court filing [PDF] today, Epic Games said that multiple Unreal Engine licensees have contacted the company « expressing grave concern over Apple’s actions and its impact on their iOS and macOS-bound projects, » including Microsoft.
In a declaration in support of Epic Games [PDF], Microsoft gaming executive Kevin Gammill wrote that « Apple’s discontinuation of Epic’s ability to develop and support Unreal Engine for iOS or macOS will harm game creators and gamers. » Specifically, Gammill said that games utilizing Unreal Engine will be put at a « substantial disadvantage, » citing Microsoft’s own racing game Forza Street for iPhone and iPad as an example.
Apple has argued that Epic Games committed « self-inflicted wounds » by intentionally violating its rules, noting that it could have proceeded with its lawsuit without introducing a direct payment option in the Fortnite app. Apple has also said that it would be happy to have Fortnite back on the App Store if Epic Games addresses the violations.
A hearing related to Epic Games’ request for a preliminary injunction, which would force Apple to put Fortnite back on the App Store during the legal proceedings, is set for tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time in California court.
Apple has to lose this. The conditions are daylight robbery. I find the epic promo video amazingly valid.Back then Apple opposed MS as being the bully and now it is the same but Apple is the bully.Hahahaha, how things change.
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