Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Calls Apple’s App Store a ‘Disservice to Developers’

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has called Apple’s App Store, which has helped app makers earn over $260 billion since its launch, a “disservice to developers” that forces them to treat their apps as “sub-par.” Sweeney made the comments in an exclusive interview with the Financial Times, where he repeated ‌Epic Games‌’ previous talking points […]

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Epic Games Says Court ‘Reached the Wrong Answer’ and Made ‘Multiple Legal Errors’ in Apple Fight

Epic Games and Apple are continuing with their legal dispute, and today, ‌Epic Games‌ filed its Appeal Reply and Cross-Appeal Response Brief, following Apple’s appeal filing back in March. In the filing, ‌Epic Games‌ reiterates many of the same arguments that it made during the trial. The company believes that the district court “reached the […]

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Epic Lost Trial Due to Flawed Argument, Not Legal Error, Apple Says in Appeals Filing

Apple’s legal battle with Epic Games is continuing on, and today, the Cupertino company filed an opening brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Both Apple and ‌Epic Games‌ opted to appeal the original ruling in the Epic Games v. Apple case as neither company was satisfied with the outcome. […]

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Hands On: Testing Fortnite on iOS Using GeForce NOW

Fortnite has been unavailable to play on the iPhone and iPad since Apple banned it from the App Store in August 2020 amid an ongoing legal battle with Epic Games, but the battle royale game coming back to iOS devices thanks to Nvidia’s GeForce NOW gaming service. [embedded content] GeForce NOW is a browser-based gaming […]

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Epic vs. Apple Takes a Twist As Dozens of US States Weigh in to Back ‘Fortnite’ Maker

Apple is stifling competition with its monopoly on app distribution through the App Store, attorneys general for 34 states and the District of Columbia told an appeals court on Thursday. The joint statement was submitted into the appeals process that is ongoing following the judge’s decision in the Epic v. Apple lawsuit, with the attorneys […]

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Epic Games Appeals Ruling in Apple Lawsuit, Claims Court Made Errors

Epic Games today kicked off its appeal of the judge’s decision in the Epic v. Apple lawsuit, filing an opening brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Both Apple and ‌Epic Games‌ have decided to appeal the original ruling as neither company was satisfied with the outcome. ‌Epic Games‌ wanted […]

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Fortnite Coming Back to iOS Soon Thanks to Nvidia’s GeForce NOW Service

With the Apple vs. Epic Games lawsuit continuing on, there are no signs that Apple has any intention of allowing popular battle royale game Fortnite to return to the App Store on iPhone and iPad. ‌Epic Games‌ has found a workaround though, by partnering up with Nvidia. GeForce NOW, Nvidia’s streaming gaming service, will soon […]

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Apple Wins Stay in Epic Case, Won’t Have to Implement App Store Changes Tomorrow

Apple has successfully won a stay on an injunction that would have required it to make sweeping App Store changes as soon as December 9, so for the time being, Apple can continue to require developers to use its in-app purchase system without offering alternatives. The judge in the ongoing Epic v. Apple lawsuit had […]

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Department of Justice Exploring Apple’s Treatment of ‘Roblox’ Game in Antitrust Investigation

The United States Justice Department is investigating Apple for antitrust issues, and Roblox is an area of interest for prosecutors attempting to put together a case, reports The Information. Investigators are looking for situations where Apple is unevenly enforcing rules for app developers, and Roblox is an area of interest because of the way the […]

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Epic Games CEO Renews Attack on Apple and Calls for Single, Universal App Store

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has today renewed his attack on Apple and called for a single, universal app store that works across all platforms (via Bloomberg). Last year, Epic’s popular game “Fortnite” became the subject of heated litigation with Apple and Google over the rate of commission on in-app purchases. After Epic broke App […]

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Epic Games CEO to Speak in South Korea Next Week Against the App Store Amid Ongoing Tensions With Apple

Thursday November 11, 2021 1:39 am PST by Sami Fathi Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney will appear next week at a conference in South Korea to discuss the fairness of mobile app platforms and ecosystems amid his company’s ongoing tension with Apple, according to a press release. Sweeney will be joined by other members and […]

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Judge Denies Apple’s Request to Delay App Store Changes in Epic Case

Following a hearing earlier today, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has denied Apple’s request to delay the implementation of a permanent injunction that will require Apple to make significant App Store changes. As part of the judgement in the Apple v. Epic lawsuit, Rogers is requiring Apple to allow developers to add in-app links to outside […]

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Apple Files Appeal in Epic Games Lawsuit, Asks to Delay App Store Changes

Apple has opted to appeal the ruling meted out by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the Epic Games vs. Apple lawsuit back in September, and today filed a notice of appeal with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The Cupertino company is planning to appeal the ruling that would require […]

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Paddle Plans to Launch Alternative In-App Purchase System on iOS That Circumvents Apple’s Fees

In response to the Epic Games vs. Apple ruling last month, payments platform Paddle today announced that it plans to launch an alternative in-app payment system for iOS that replaces Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism. In an emailed press release, Paddle described its payment system as a “true like-for-like, drop-in replacement” for Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism, […]

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Apple Won’t Allow Fortnite Back in the App Store Until Legal Battle Ends Due to Epic’s ‘Duplicitous Conduct’

Apple has no plans to allow Fortnite to return to the App Store in the near future, Apple’s lawyers told Epic’s lawyers this week. Further, Apple does not plan to consider requests for the reinstatement of the Epic Games developer account until the court’s judgment is “final and nonappealable,” a process that could span years. […]

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Epic Games Pays Apple $6 Million as Ordered by Court

Epic Games today paid Apple $6,000,000 in royalties, ‌Epic Games‌ CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter. As part of the ruling in the ongoing Epic v. Apple legal battle, Epic was last week ordered by the court to pay 30 percent of the revenue that it collected from the Fortnite app using its illicit direct […]

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Epic Games Not Satisfied With Ruling in Case Against Apple, Files Appeal

Epic Games has filed an appeal against the ruling in its case against Apple, further prolonging the already year-long legal battle between the two companies. The ruling, announced on Friday, sided with Apple on nine out of the ten counts that ‌Epic Games‌ had presented against the company. Epic, from the start, had alleged that […]

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Epic CEO: Judge’s Decision ‘Isn’t a Win for Developers or for Consumers,’ Fortnite Not Immediately Returning to App Store

The year-long dispute between Epic Games and Apple reached a milestone with Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers delivering a middle-of-the road verdict that isn’t quite what ‌Epic Games‌ or Apple wanted. Apple will not be required to support third-party app stores as ‌Epic Games‌ pushed for, but Apple will have to let developers offer “buttons, external links, […]

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Epic Games vs. Apple Judgment Allows App Store Developers to Link to Alternative Payment Methods

A decision was reached today in the Epic Games v. Apple trial, with U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruling that Apple’s anti-steering conduct is anti-competitive, and ruling in favor of Apple on all other counts. Judge Rogers issued a permanent injunction that requires Apple to let developers direct customers to payment options other than […]

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Epic Games Asks Apple to Restore Fortnite in South Korea Following Ban on In-App Purchase Requirement

Epic Games today said that it has asked Apple to reinstate its Fortnite developer account because it intends to release Fortnite in South Korea. South Korea in late August passed a bill that bans Apple from requiring developers to use its in-app purchase system. The bill forces Apple (and Google) to let developers use third-party […]

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