Epic Games has been fighting it out with Google and Apple in the courts for more than a year now. The legal battle started when Epic Games challenged the in-app purchase policy of Google and Apple’s app stores with its launch of a version of Fortnite – Epic’s world renouned game – that included its own in-built system for in-game purchases. Following the release, both Apple and Google promptly removed Fortnite from their app stores citing breach of rules, causing Epic Games to sue the two platforms. Epic Games’ legal filings from this week claim that Google formed an internal task-force to tackle the problem of Fortnite evading Google Play Store and its fees.Read More
Google has decided to half the percentage it takes from its app developers on the sale of the apps in the Google play store. A similar move was taken by Apple last year.
Google said that they are reducing the fees to 15% from 30% for the first $1 million in revenue on sales of apps and in-app-purchases each year. After the first $1 million, developers will pay the typical 30% fee.
Though Apple made a similar move last year, this program from Google is different. The difference lies in the fact that Apple gives this reduction in fees to smaller developers only. Smaller developers refer to those developers who made around $1 million last year. Read More
In the Epic Games vs Apple battle, Epic has made its latest accusation in a new filing against Apple for making incorrect statements in its own legal filing earlier this week. Epic said that Apple “cherry-picked” Google search results about Fortnite’s popularity. Read More
The long-drawn battle between Apple and Epic Games continues as the former has filed an official countersuit against the latter asking for damages over the breach of its developer contract. In the new filing, Apple has called out Epic for not being the “modern corporate Robin Hood” that it claims to be.
One of Fortnite’s biggest competitor, PUBG, is receiving beneficial publicity in the App Store amidst the legal battle between Apple and Epic Games. If you had happened to have opened the App Store today, you would’ve seen an editorial story promoting the PUBG Mobile App.
The App Store featured PUBG on the same day Apple was to terminate Epic’s developer account initially. The irony lies in the fact that PUGB Mobile is actually built with Epic’s Unreal Engine. Read More
Epic Games warned users, earlier this week, that Fortnite for iOS and Mac would no longer receive any updates with new seasons because of the dispute between the game developer and Apple (following which Apple had removed Fortnite from the App Store). Epic recently informed Fortnite players that the game has now been officially blocked from Apple platforms and will not receive any updates in the future. Read More
The judge has made her first ruling on the case between Apple and Epic Games. Apple had kicked off Fortnite from its App Store and had said that it will terminate Epic’s developer account. In response, Epic had asked the court for restraining orders to prevent Apple from blocking the Unreal Engine and banning Fortnite. Read More
In the Apple vs Epic Games battle, Apple has made its latest move. Epic Games claims that Apple will terminate the game developer’s account as a response to filing a lawsuit against the company. Read More