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Microsoft stood up for Epic Games in a lawsuit with Apple

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Unreal! Microsoft Joins Epic’s Fight Against Apple (VL295) Description video: When Epic Games asked the Court to restore Fortnite to iOS (iPhone; iPad), it also asked for it to prevent Apple from terminating its developer license (which would end, or […]

Unreal! Microsoft Joins Epic’s Fight Against Apple (VL295)

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When Epic Games asked the Court to restore Fortnite to iOS (iPhone; iPad), it also asked for it to prevent Apple from terminating its developer license (which would end, or at least hurt, Epic’s ability to support the Unreal Engine).\n\nWith so many developers invested in Unreal, it’s no surprise that some would support Epic in their quest. But a bit more surprising? Is who just decided to join the fight.\n\nMicrosoft has entered the chat…in Virtual Legality.\n\n#Epic #Apple #Microsoft\n\n***\nDiscussed in this episode:\n\n\”Epic vs Everyone: The Fortnite Antitrust Lawsuits\”\nYouTube Playlist – Hoeg Law\nhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV\n\n“Today we filed a statement in support of Epic’s request to keep access to the Apple SDK for its Unreal Engine.”\nTweet – August 23, 2020 – Phil Spencer (@XboxP3)\nhttps://twitter.com/XboxP3/status/1297577235939856385\n\n“DECLARATION OF KEVIN GAMMILL IN FURTHER SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFF EPIC GAMES, INC.’S MOTION FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER”\nTo be Filed August 24, 2020 (US N.D. Cal)\nhttps://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/21810025/statement_support_microsoft.pdf\n\n\”Epic Wants Apple’s Support – By Force of Law (VL290)\”\nYouTube Video – August 18, 2020 – Hoeg Law\nhttps://youtu.be/OQkD9kIgHkQ\n\nEpic Games, Inc. v Apple Inc.\nMotion for Temporary Restraining Order\nhttps://cdn2.unrealengine.com/epic-v-apple-8-17-20-768927327.pdf\n\n“Apple Fires Back at Epic: \”It is Hard to Think of a Case Less Worthy\” (VL294)”\nYouTube Video – August 21, 2020 – Hoeg Law\nhttps://youtu.be/bZkX3pG8biQ\n\nEpic Games, Inc. v Apple Inc.\nApple’s Motion in Opposition to Temporary Restraining Order\nhttps://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.cand.364265/gov.uscourts.cand.364265.36.0_2.pdf\n\n“XBOX ONE PUBLISHER LICENSE AGREEMENT”\nSEC Filing\nhttps://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/946581/000104746914000555/a2218068zex-10_1.htm\n\n\”Epic Declares War on Apple/Google…with Fortnite (VL285)\”\nYouTube Video – August 13, 2020 – Hoeg Law\nhttps://youtu.be/Xb1E6-okFxQ\n\n\”Apple confirms cloud gaming services like xCloud and Stadia violate App Store guidelines\”\nThe Verge – August 6, 2020 – Nick Statt\nhttps://www.theverge.com/2020/8/6/21357771/apple-cloud-gaming-microsoft-xcloud-google-stadia-ios-app-store-guidelines-violations\n\n“But it is good to know that Xbox’s official position is that contract breach is okay…”\nTweet – August 23, 2020 – Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)\nhttps://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1297582043770036224\n\n***\n\”Virtual Legality\” is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law). \n\nCHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE: \n https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo\n\nDISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.\n\n***\nTwitter: @hoeglaw\nWeb: hoeglaw.com\nBlog: hoeglaw.wordpress.com\n\nPODCAST VERSIONS ALSO AVAILABLE

Microsoft stood up for Epic Games in a lawsuit with Apple

Microsoft condemned Apple for removing the popular game “Fortnite” from the App Store, pointing to potential damage to the corporation’s gaming business and other video game developers.

The lawsuit came from Microsoft amid a dispute between Apple and Epic Games. The conflict erupted after a game developer introduced a new payment system into its projects that bypasses Apple’s payment of transaction fees.

Epic Games claims that even before that, Apple threatened to cut off their access to their tools needed to support the engine. «Unreal Engine». Microsoft said the move would hurt at least one of its own games, called «Forza street», using the same technology for the iOS version of the game.

Microsoft stood up for Epic Games in a lawsuit with Apple

Kevin Gummill, Microsoft general manager for game development, said Microsoft has «corporate» a license for the Unreal Engine, and Apple’s actions will prevent it and other developers from creating games using this engine for Mac and iPhone.

«If Unreal Engine fails to support iOS or macOS games, Microsoft will have to choose between ditching existing and potential customers on iOS and macOS platforms, or choosing a different game engine when creating new games.», – noted Gammill.

Nicholas Penvarden, Epic’s VP of Engineering said several Unreal Engine users have contacted the company expressing concern that their projects will be disrupted.

Epic is judicially trying to restore developer access to platforms Apple. The corporation itself said that it would only make concessions if Epic resubmitted the version «Fortnite», which complies with its payment rules.

Apple said Friday that Epic unilaterally decided to break the payment rules after following them for over a decade. Apple believes that the game maker personally closed access to the iOS and macOS platforms.