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Apple is trying to drag Valve into its on-going legal battle with Epic

Against its will, Valve is being dragged into the Epic vs. Apple antitrust lawsuit, with new documents revealing Apple has asked Valve to hand over financial data.Various court documents have revealed that Valve has been subpoenaed by Apple for Steam commercial data, with Tim Cook’s tech giant requesting years of in-depth sales information from the Steam platform owner.“Apple and Valve have engaged in several meet and confers, but Valve has refused to produce information responsive to Requests 2 and 32,” says the joint discovery letter.Apple notes that “Epic’s various mobile and non-mobile distribution options are central to disputed issues of market…

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Nuts, the adventure game about squirrel surveillance, comes to Switch and PC in February

Nuts, a game all about keeping your eyes on squirrels as they get up to no good, finally has a release date on PC and Switch.The game is set to launch on Apple Arcade first on January 22 before landing on PC and Switch on February 4.“Gear up your caravan, boot up your GPS, spread out your map and head for the depths of Melmoth Forest,” reads a blurb for the game over on the Nuts site. “As a rookie field researcher, you’ll place cameras during the day, and watch the footage at night, tracking the movements of a scurry…

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Epic is sending ‘Free Fortnite’ swag to influencers

This is the latest swipe in the company’s war of words with Apple.Games giant Epic is still pushing its Free Fortnite campaign, this time sending bags of branded swag to influencers.As posted on Twitter by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, this goody bag comes in a white cardboard case, reminiscent of the packaging Apple uses for its hardware, and features a black bomber jacket with rainbow ‘Free Fortnite’ branding. Again, no prizes for guessing which company Epic is trying to make a point about right here.If that wasn’t enough, the package also comes with the Samsung Galaxy S7 tablet, an Android…

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Apple and Epic agree on one thing: a court trial sans jury

Apple and Epic Games have been at odds over the past month and a half in the early phases of a lawsuit concerning Fortnite’s presence on the App Store. Epic has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple concerning their control of the App Store while Apple have returned a countersuit based on Epic breaking the terms of service for the store by adding a secondary payment option inside Fortnite to circumvent the App Store payment system. After a lot of barbs and posturing, they’ve at last come to agree on at least one thing. Both request that their cases are…

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Pokemon Masters interview: looking back on the first year of another huge mobile spin-off

There aren’t many video game franchises out there that can support multiple huge mobile games – but Pokemon is one of them. While Pokemon Go was the game that caused a huge splash and made waves in news headlines, others are highly successful nevertheless, including Pokemon Masters, which last month hit its first anniversary since launch.Pokemon Masters has something of a different focus to most Pokemon titles. While the critters that you bond and battle with are key, it also features an all-star cast of Pokemon Trainers and Masters from around the Pokemon series, pulling inspiration for those characters from…

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Support for Fortnite: Save the World is ending on Mac

Apple is preventing Epic from releasing patches for distribution on Mac, which means updates for Fortnite: Save the World will end.According to Epic, this had ended the ability to offer Fortnite: Save the World updates to the game on Mac. If Mac users install the next update to the game on their system, v14.20, it will “cause bugs for players,” resulting in “a very poor experience.”“Since we are no longer able to sign updates and release fixes for these issues, beginning September 23, 2020, Fortnite: Save the World will no longer be playable on macOS,” Epic stated.Save the World Starter…

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Fortnite: Save The World being pulled from Macs while Epic and Apple grapple

The newest casualty in Apple and Epic Games’ legal squabble is Fortnite: Save The World. Nah, not the battle royale everyone plays, just the co-op horde game. If you’re just catching up, Epic kicked off a big stink with Apple last month with a weird, 1984-inspired propaganda video as they circumvented Apple’s cut of App Store sales. It’s been all drama since then. Has this really only been going on for four weeks? This is going to be a long, tiresome ride. (more…)

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Apple terminates Epic’s developer account on the App Store

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 29 August 2020 17:03 GMT This means that any Epic Games title available on the App Store has been removed.Apple has terminated the developer account of Epic Games, and it is no longer able to sell its mobile titles on the App Store.Epic Games is still free to develop the Unreal Engine for iOS due to a restraining order, which means games developed by third-parties using Unreal Engine are still available in the store.“We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store,” Apple said in a statement to 9to5Mac.“We…

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Fortnite is not getting the Chapter 2 Season 4 update on iOS or Mac

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 27 August 2020 10:24 GMT Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite players on Apple devices won’t be able to join the Season 4 fun alongside everyone else.Fortnite‘s Season 4 in Chapter 2 kicks off today across all platforms, except those run by Apple. Given the two companies’ current dispute, Apple decided to pull Fortnite off the App Store earlier this month.Although Epic tried to stop Apple from doing this before a verdict in the main lawsuit has been reached, it wasn’t successful. As a result, the developer explained in an updated blog post that it simply…

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Fortnite staying off the App Store for now, but Unreal Engine tools won’t be affected, rules judge

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 25 August 2020 08:55 GMT Apple has eked out a small win against Epic Games.In the latest development of Epic Games’ battle with Apple, a judge has ruled that Fortnite can remain off the App Store, but Apple cannot remove Unreal Engine and its tools.Following Epic’s spat with Apple over the right to offer an alternative payment option in Fortnite that circumvents Apple’s payment system, the iPhone maker pulled the game off the App Store. Later, Apple gave Epic Games a couple of weeks to make Fortnite compliant with its policies once again, or risk losing…

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Microsoft files statement in support of Epic

Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently announced that Microsoft has filed a statement in support of Epic as the company continues to publicly debate Apple’s video game publishing structure.Spencer made the announcement on Twitter, where he also posted a link to the full statement. You can check out his tweet below. Today we filed a statement in support of Epic’s request to keep access to the Apple SDK for its Unreal Engine. Ensuring that Epic has access to the latest Apple technology is the right thing for gamer developers & gamers — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 23, 2020“Today we filed…

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Apple responds to Epic Games lawsuit, claims company asked for a “special deal”

Apple has responded to Epic’s filing over its pulling Fortnite off the App Store, stating that not only is Epic’s stance the company is retaliating not true, but that CEO Tim Sweeney asked for a “special deal.”According to emails included in Apple’s response to the Epic suit, it was alleged that Epic Games asked for a special arrangement with Apple, which was specifically requested by Epic CEO Tim Sweeney.Apple stated the email, which was sent on June 30, Epic was asking for a deal that would “fundamentally change the way in which Epic offers apps on Apple’s iOS platform,” and…

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Apple patent for cloud gaming surfaces online

An Apple patent for a device focused on cloud gaming recently appeared online. The news comes from a spot by Patently Apple, where a report on what the device is supposed to do was recently published. According to said report, the Apple patent was filed on February 6, 2020, but was only officially published this week.It’s called “Enabling Interactive Service for Cloud Rendering Gaming in 5G Systems,” and is reportedly designed to facilitate gaming on demand in a similar way to contemporary streaming services across other entertainment mediums.“The game is stored, executed, and rendered on a remote server and the…