Court: Apple Can Block Fortnite But Not the Unreal Engine

TechCrunch has the latest on the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple (thanks Verno). As part of their dispute over royalties Apple yoinked Fortnite from their App Store and threatened to revoke Epic's ability to support the Unreal Engine. Word is the court has decided Apple is entitled to not sell Fortnite. But they've issued a temporary restraining order against dropping Epic's ability to support the Unreal Engine because of the havoc this would wreak. Here's more on the ruling:
U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said Apple can’t retaliate against Epic Games by blocking the gaming firm’s developer accounts or restrict developers on Apple platforms from accessing the widely-used Unreal Engine tools.

“The record shows potential significant damage to both the Unreal Engine platform itself, and to the gaming industry generally, including on both third-party developers and gamers,” she said, adding that even as Epic Games violated App Store’s guidelines, it did not breach any contracts related to Unreal Engine and developer tools.

“Apple has chosen to act severely, and by doing so, has impacted non-parties, and a third-party developer ecosystem,” said Rogers.

But the ruling was not a complete win for Epic Games, which had also requested the sleeper hit title Fortnite to be restored on the iOS App Store. Rogers said the game will remain off the App Store unless Epic Games attempted to bring it back in accordance with App Store guidelines.
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Apple can charge 90% if they wanted to. It would be stupid of them to do so, but they can charge what they want for THEIR platform.

The industry standard for online stores seems to be 30%, whether it be Steam or Google Play or whatever.. That is not Apple by itself raping developers. The industry, in general has apparently accepted those terms. At least until Sweeny came out trying to start a virtual riot.

Apple is a closed platform. You write something for IOS or OSX... you have to follow their rules in order to publish on their platform. Period.

If everyone got together and said "Fsck Apple" and didn't develop any apps for the platform anymore... you'd probably see them cut their price real quick.
But as long as you have developers chasing that 50% US market share, they're going keep putting up with a 30% cut.

So why is this 30% fair for Google Play? Because you can sideload?
Jailbreak your IOS device and sideload then.
There also seems to be a non-jailbreak way at altstore.io
Don't want to risk jailbreaking or some weird underground store (which I would argue is what you are already doing on android)? Buy a dev account for $100 and sideload.

Ya'll can't just dictate what YOU think the price should be on their platform... and neither can Sweeny.

This comment was edited on Aug 25, 2020, 16:50.
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!
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