Is there some internal beef with Fortnite’s creator Epic Games and Apple? Find out what the deal is.
Apparently, Fortnite’s own creator, Epic Games Inc., is accusing Apple Inc. of threatening the game studio.
According to them, apple allegedly threatened to block them from making software for the iOS devices including the Mac computers.
This escalation could have a huge effect on the global gaming market also for mobile apps.
Epic Games recently asked a federal judge on Monday to possibly prevent Apple from actually terminating its software-development accounts this coming Aug 28.
Epic Games, however, argued that that particular move would eventually cause unquantifiable and also irreparable damage towards its business.
In addition to Fortnite, the game that already has 350 million registered players, Epic Games also created Unreal Engine.
Unreal Engine is a certain type of software being used by millions of game developers worldwide.
The Unreal Engine is not only limited to games but also to TV, movie special effects, and even other types of digital content.
The Unreal Engine even has its own video app called Houseparty.
The effect on Epic Games as a whole
The shut out of Epic Games could potentially harm Fortnite players and also users of their known Unreal Engine.
The present legal fracas marks a particular turn in a huge battle that industry observers noe could have much wider implications for the known mobile-app economy.
The mobile-app economy is currently valued at $120 billion in worldwide consumer spendings recorded worldwide last year according to the App Annie Inc.
There are other app developers that have recently butted heads with both Apple and Google over the existing marketplace policies.
These include both Netflix and Spotify. The two tech giants’ operations have somehow drawn certain scrutiny from US lawmakers including federal antitrust authorities.
Even the European Union antitrust regulators are launching a certain probe into whether or not Apple Pay services along with the App Store actually violate certain competition laws.
Apple stated that the officials were actually just advancing certain baseless complaints gathered from a handful of companies.
Epic Games stated on Monday that Apple is actually targetting their entire business on certain unrelated areas.
The company seeks a temporary restraining order for the actual restricting access to its software development tools.
Apple stated that the App Store was originally designed to become both a trusted and safe place for its users.
Apple even added that Epic has actually been one of their most successful developers in the App Store stating that they are becoming a multibillion business capable of reaching millions of iOS users.
According to Apple, the problem at hand can easily be remedied if Epic Games submit an update of their own app that complies with their guidelines.
Apple noted that Epic Games will not receive any exceptions since they want to enforce proper guidelines and protect their users.
What will happen to Fortnite?