Apple and Epic’s legal battle dramatically escalated over the weekend. What began as for in-game items for its hit game Fortnite, instead of using Apple’s payment system and the up to 30% commission it charges, has turned into a battle that threatens to upend game development across the industry.
After Apple kicked Fortnite and its iPhone maker’s further threatening to ban the Unreal Engine code it offers to outside game developers to help them make apps of their own.from the app store Thursday, Epic said in a Monday court filing that the
“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. “If the Unreal Engine can no longer support Apple platforms, the software developers that use it will be forced to use alternatives.”
Epic is, which also kicked Fortnite from its app store on Thursday for attempting to circumvent its commissioned payment system.
Epic Games, the maker of popular battle royale game Fortnite, on Monday asked for a preliminary injunction in its . Epic games said Apple plans to cut the company off from its iOS and Mac development tools starting Aug. 28.
“Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic that on Friday, August 28 Apple will terminate all our developer accounts and cut Epic off from iOS and Mac development tools,” the company said in a tweet. “We are asking the court to stop this retaliation.”
Apple and Epic Games didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
More to come.
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