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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Jonjonz wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 06:32:
Some accountant at Apple is shaking their head. Lose one of the most profitable/high volume items in the inventory just to uphold a theory. The math says shaving a few points off for Epic would still bring in more money than not having the super seller Fortnite at all. Apple may have won the battle, but Epic is playing the long game here, showing other game publishers that their is growing competition to the Apple walled garden store with more attractive returns by using Epic or Steam, or even their own store. All it takes is for a few block busters like Fortnite to train consumers that the Apple store is not the only alternative, and Apple is in deep doo doo.

The fact that Apple is willing to do it despite losing a billion speaks volumes about Apple's character. On the other hand, Epic is schizophrenically trying to own any market by not putting in the hard work and time. Despite sitting on a mountain of cash, they cannot buy their way to the top. Tim strikes me as someone who doesn't know what to do with all this money he obtained very rapidly. Maybe he should do something radical (e.g., nothing so dramatic, perhaps charity?). It's either that or all that money will evaporate because they lack focus.
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