has the latest on the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple
(thanks Verno). As part of their dispute over royalties Apple
from their App Store and
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.