Epic Games

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Epic Games has officially announced that it will not be releasing a new season (Chapter 2 - Season 4) update for the popular Fortnite game for iOS and macOS.

The company claims that this is a result of "Apple has blocked your ability to update Fortnite on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices".

This follows the court's initial decision in the legal battle between Apple and Epic over the removal of Fortnite from the App Store.

The judge in charge of the case found the app removal reasonable and recommended that Fortnite be returned to its "previous state" (with the direct payment option removed, which violates the guidelines) to the App Store, and that the game continues to operate while the lawsuit is ongoing. Apple also quoted the judge as saying that they would welcome the return of Fortnite with the proviso "if the direct payment option is removed", but Epic refused to do so.

This means that after the new season is released, there will be two different versions of the game, one for iOS/macOS that will not be updated and the other for other platforms. For this reason, Epic responded to tech media The Verge that cross-platform play will not be possible. In other words, players of Apple products will no longer be able to play with their friends on other platforms.

Aside from the iOS version, it's not clear why Fortnite for Mac, which is not distributed on the App Store, cannot be updated.

Apple had threatened to terminate all of Epic's developer accounts, including the Unreal Engine, but it was rejected by the courts as there is no necessity to involve the gaming industry, other companies, or even ordinary players. This means there should be no obstacle to updating the Mac version of the game, but Epic seems to be withholding the update by lumping "for Apple devices" together as mentioned above.

Epic has reiterated its opposition to Apple's request to remove the direct payment option to the company on its site #FreeFortnite.

Apple's proposal is "an invitation for Epic to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS, suppressing free market competition and inflating prices", and states its determination to fight the scheme thoroughly, saying, "As a matter of principle, we won’t participate in this scheme".

The lawsuit revealed the fact that Epic had even demanded permission to launch its own app store for the iPhone, from Apple. If that's the case, then the direct payment option is just a gateway to the "freedom of Fortnite" that Epic is seeking, and it should be a non-negotiable line. Apple products, Macs and their users, may have been involved in an accident in that crusade.

Source: Epic Games

Via: The Verge

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