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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Kxmode wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 12:22:
I know what you're saying, and I'm telling you nobody agreed to price fix, nor would they engage in that behavior. It would be impossible for Google, Apple, and Valve to come together for a pow-wow to price fix 30%. Valve picked 30% for Steam long before Apple and Google. Apple settled on 30% for its AppStore, and later Google decided 30% for its Play store. They established those fees at different times, so even hinting that they did it veers into a conspiracy theory.

I did not say anyone price fixed and I am not hinting at it. Prez asked a hypothetical question which was "So just to understand, Apple and Google can bilaterally agree to charge a 95/5 split instead of a 30/70 and it's legal?" I responded and said "Regardless of the split itself, agreeing to price fix is illegal in this context." What I was saying there was that in his hypothetical scenario, it wouldn't matter what they agreed on, agreeing to fix the prices at all would be illegal. That was in response to his hypothetical question.

I am well aware and agree that neither company fixed the prices here, that was not the issue though.
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