Not satisfied at banning Fortnite Game, Apple decides to block Epic Games’ Unreal Engine from iOS & macOS from 28th August 2020
The Epic Games vs Apple and Google saga is getting more vitriolic. Last week Epic Games had introduced its own in-App payment system in its blockbuster battle royale game, Fortnite. This move allowed Epic Games to bypass the mandatory 30% commission that Apple and Google charge. However, Apple and Google responded by banning the Fortnite game from their respective App stores.
Epic Games then filed a private antitrust lawsuit(PDF) against both tech giants alleging they are abusing their platforms by indulging in monopolistic and predatory behavior. The lawsuit filed by Epic Games will come up for hearing in the near future.
“Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation. Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched, and more pernicious than the monopolists of yesteryear. At a market cap of nearly $2 trillion, Apple’s size and reach far exceeds that of any technology monopolist in history.”
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The fight just got uglier with Apple deciding to up the ante and make things more difficult for Epic Games by banning its proprietary Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS. According to the restraining injunction(PDF) filed by Epic Games, Apple will be blocking Unreal Engine on its platforms by August 28, 2020.
Banning Unreal Engine could deal a severe blow to Epic Games’ future plans as it won’t be able to develop tools for iOS and Mac. The restraining injunction says that Apple’s plan ban Unreal Engine and restrict Epic Games access to development tools is an “outrageous retaliation.”
“If the Unreal Engine can no longer support Apple platforms, the software developers that use it will be forced to use alternatives. The damage to Epic’s ongoing business and to its reputation and trust with its customers will be unquantifiable and irreparable. Preliminary injunctive relief is necessary to prevent Apple from crushing Epic before this case could ever get to a judgment.”
The restraining injunction argues that the Unreal Engine has not violated any Apple policy and banning it is illegal. It adds that Apple’s decision to block the Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS will impact the Epic Games’ business negatively. The restraining injunction seeks an order from the court to restrain Apple from blocking Unreal Engine.
Apple spokesperson told reporters that it doesn’t hold any personal grudge against Epic and the game developer would continue “as part of the Apple Developer Program and their apps on the Store.” The spokesperson added that Epic Games all problems would go away if it removed the rule-breaking alternative in-App payment system from its Fortnite game.
“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.”
Apple spokesperson said.
Apple says that Epic Games can get out of the situation it “has created for itself,” if it “reverts it to comply with the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all developers.”