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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Aug 25, 2020, 17:30
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Aug 25, 2020, 17:30
 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 15:22:
Kxmode wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 13:25:
Sluggabed wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 13:13:
How much cash is enough for these F$%*rs, seriously Apple piss off

When a developer lives under Apple's house, they play by Apple's rules. If Epic doesn't like it, they can start a competing AppStore platform. Oh, and while they're at it, Epic should make third-party apps exclusive to anger Apple and Android gamers.
The question isn't "Should Apple have the ability to charge for it's services." Sweeney knows he's in the wrong, but he's making a larger point: "Should Apple be allowed to so dominate the market that they can charge 30%." We have anti-trust laws for a reason. Sweeney is trying to shame the government into action, or the threat of action.

Apple should be allowed to charge for its platform and services. It doesn't matter the percentage Apple charges. It's their platform. Further, this is not an anti-trust situation. A genuine anti-trust case would be if Apple actively tried to prevent Google from developing Android or Valve went against Epic with their store. People keep misunderstanding what anti-trust is. Apple created its IOS platform, and so it is their prerogative to decide how people use it. If a company like Epic doesn't like the rules, they should do the capitalist thing and create a competing platform. They did so with their Game Store against Valve. Microsoft put in the work and now owns a sizeable percentage of the western console market, Valve put in the work and now dominate PC gaming, and Apple and Google put in the work, and now they dominate the app market. My gripe against Epic is that they are sitting on mountains of money and want to own a market, but they don't want to put in the work and expense. Their Games Store is a perfect example of attempting to bypass YEARS of hard work to get to the front of the line.

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