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.
View : : :
14.
 
Re: Apple Can Block Fortnite But Not the Unreal Engine
Aug 25, 2020, 17:28
14.
Re: Apple Can Block Fortnite But Not the Unreal Engine Aug 25, 2020, 17:28
Aug 25, 2020, 17:28
 
Bill Borre wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 12:09:
The judge's ruling seems reasonable.

No it's not, it's a terrible ruling. Apple should have complete say over who is selling and what is sold on their storefront. In other words, "The management reserves the right to refuse service." Devs should be going through Epic's storefront to begin with. I don't see how or why this should be Apple's responsibility. It sounds like the judge doesn't understand this or gaming in general, especially making statements like this doozy....
“The record shows potential significant damage to both the Unreal Engine platform itself, and to the gaming industry generally

Significant damage to the gaming industry in general? And how is that exactly? I'll bet dollars to donuts this appealed and overturned.


"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
Avatar 25394
Date
Subject
Author
 14.
Aug 25, 2020Aug 25 2020
 Re: Apple Can Block Fortnite But Not the Unreal Engine
35.
Aug 26, 2020Aug 26 2020
36.
Aug 26, 2020Aug 26 2020
37.
Aug 26, 2020Aug 26 2020
38.
Aug 26, 2020Aug 26 2020
39.
Aug 26, 2020Aug 26 2020
40.
Aug 26, 2020Aug 26 2020
41.
Aug 26, 2020Aug 26 2020