Battle Royale: Apple vs Epic Games

Fortnite developer Epic Games is now involved in a full-fledged legal battle with Apple one of the big give tech giants

It all started when the game developers were looking for ways to bypass the Apple App Store payment system and charge players directly for in-game items to avoid the 30% cut of each transaction that has to be shared with Apple as commission.

Epic Games surreptitiously sneaked an update for the game and implemented its own in-app payment system, which bypassed the App Store for in-app purchases and subscriptions, something that Apple has made very clear in the past that they will not allow.

“Epic has been one of the most successful developers on the App Store, growing into a multibillion-dollar business that reaches millions of iOS customers around the world. We very much want to keep the company as part of the Apple Developer Program and their apps on the Store. The problem Epic has created for itself is one that can easily be remedied if they submit an update of their app that reverts it to comply with the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all developers,” says Apple in an official statement shared with The Verge.

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Apple will not be making an exception for Epic either. After Apple had booted Fortnite out of the App Store last week, Epic filed a lawsuit against the company to which the company has strongly retaliated.

@FortniteGame’s tweet announcing the lawsuit

It has done so by threatening to ban the Unreal Engine software it offers to outside game developers to help them make apps of their own. 

“Not content simply to remove Fortnite from the App Store, Apple is attacking Epic’s entire business in unrelated areas,” Epic said in its filing, adding that Apple’s set a deadline of Aug. 28. “If the Unreal Engine can no longer support Apple platforms, the software developers that use it will be forced to use alternatives.”

Google has also removed Fortnite from the Play Store for the same reason, for more visit CNET.

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