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Epic’s latest legal filing targets Apple’s intent to cut off Unreal Engine, Microsoft joins in support

Epic’s latest filing in the battle against the App Store targets Apple’s declaration that it will follow policy and terminate Epic’s developer accounts on August 28th. As noted by The Verge, Epic argues several reasons why Apple should not do this, noting the wide-reaching consequences it has on the games ecosystem that depend on the […]

Epic’s latest filing in the battle against the App Store targets Apple’s declaration that it will follow policy and terminate Epic’s developer accounts on August 28th. As noted by The Verge, Epic argues several reasons why Apple should not do this, noting the wide-reaching consequences it has on the games ecosystem that depend on the Unreal Engine frameworks.

Microsoft has submitted a companion filing that lays out the impact to its business of the Unreal Engine. The statement says that “Apple’s discontinuation of Epic’s ability to develop and support Unreal Engine for iOS or macOS will harm game creators and gamers”.

This all started when Epic added a direct payments feature to Fortnite which blatantly violated Apple’s rules. In response, Apple quickly removed the game from the App Store. Epic also submitted a lawsuit alleging Apple’s App Store rules are monopolistic and unfair, which Apple is naturally contesting.

Whilst the game is now unlisted, Fortnite still remains installed on millions of devices, with the direct payments feature active. Apple says this ongoing violation of its policies cannot continue and has notified Epic that it will terminate its developer account on August 28, as per the rules of being an Apple registered developer.

Assuming that happens later this week, Epic will no longer be able to update Fortnite with new…

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