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    Apple threatens to boot Epic—including Unreal Engine

    Looks like Apple is targeting Unreal Engine in the Fortnite payment war. If Apple succeeds sounds like IOS could be out as a platform for unreal??

    Then when Epic sued Apple to break its monopoly on app stores and in-app payments, Apple retaliated ferociously. It told Epic that by August 28, Apple will cut off Epic’s access to all development tools necessary to create software for Apple’s platforms—including for the Unreal Engine Epic offers to third-party developers, which Apple has never claimed violated any Apple policy. Not content simply to remove Fortnite from the App Store, Apple is attacking Epic’s entire business in unrelated areas.

    Edit: Quote from legal filing

    Second, if Apple terminates Epic’s Developer Program account, the Unreal Engine would wither. (Sweeney Decl. ¶¶ 25-27.) Without necessary development tools, Epic cannot develop future updates for the Unreal Engine for Apple’s operating systems (both iOS and MacOS) and would be forced to discontinue the Unreal Engine for those platforms. (Sweeney Decl. ¶¶ 25-27; Penwarden Decl. ¶¶ 7-8.)
    Last edited by hard_code; 08-17-2020, 07:42 PM.

    Every time apple takes a stand like that they lose miserably in court.
    Even with Samsung they "won" 500 millions on bull, while Samsung probably made billions and overtook the iPhone market by just making a better product.

    Also, I wouldn't worry about it. Even if Epic can't support it directly the community - having no direct legal tie to epic - can keep on porting the needed changes.

    Interesting though. Apple's stupidity never ceases to amaze.


      Just out of curiosity. Why no-one is blaming Walmart for adding some percentage margin on the products they sell? You don't agree with margin, don't put your products into company's selling platform. Simple. I love Unreal Engine, I think it's the best game development environment for triple A games, but c'mon. You are not gods. You cannot break rules and then play a victim card on that.


        The question is if Apple plays by the rules. Apple could violate antitrust law. This point is probed by the US Congress and the EU. So Epic's claim is not without merits.