Fortnite and Apple squabble kicks up a gear

Apple’s response has been to remove the wildly popular game from its App Store.

A fight between Fortnite and Apple

One of the most interesting ESports battles these past couple of weeks hasn’t been waged in the Overwatch League or League of Legends. Instead, we have a fight between Fortnite and Apple. And it shows no sign of abating.

If you need the back story, though, go here for the entire rundown.

The Coles Notes version of the fight between Fortnite and Apple goes something like this. Apple wants a cut of every dollar spent in its App Store. Fortnite was suggesting game-related purchases be made from its publisher, Epic Games, rather than the Apple App Store.

Apple’s response has been to remove the wildly popular game.

And Fortnite has shot back by suggesting that the decision will “cut Epic off from iOS and Mac development tools”.

A fight between Fortnite and Apple

Epic, however, hasn’t just responded with words. The company is now suing both Apple and Google, which also removed the game.

Furthermore, this has led to the courts and the filing of a restraining order and preliminary injunction against Apple.

It argues that rules set by Apple and Google are anticompetitive.

Apple says rules protect customers

However, the official Apple party line is that the current rules exist to protect customers from going to fraudulent websites.

The flashpoint revolves around Apple threatening to remove Epic from its developer program. Epic says that this would have a huge impact on the game development code Unreal Engine. Players of one of the world’s biggest games couldn’t access software updates.

The Epic legal filing includes the following: “Apple specifically stated it would terminate Epic’s access to development tools, including those necessary for Epic to keep offering the world’s most popular graphics engine, the Unreal Engine. The Unreal Engine is used to develop a wide array of products including games, films, biomedical research and virtual reality. Millions of developers rely on the Unreal Engine to develop software, and hundreds of millions of consumers use that software.”

Apple’s response is that Epic is the author of its own misfortune. And that it should be playing by the rules of the App Store.

In a statement, Apple says: “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.”

This battle is just heating up.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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