Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says rights of users and creators are ‘foundation’ of App Store dispute

Elroy Mariano

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that Apple may have “lost all sight of the tech industry’s founding principles” after the tech giant stated in a countersuit Tuesday that the game developer’s App Store dispute is just a “basic disagreement over money.”

“Foremost among those principles: the device you own is yours,” Sweeney wrote in a Twitter thread Wednesday. “You’re free to use it as you wish. Configure it as you like, install software you choose, create your own apps, share them with friends. Your device isn’t lorded over by some all-powerful corporation.”

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He noted that the idea of users being able to use their devices as they wish is exactly what both Apple’s “1984” commercial and Fortnite’s “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” video are all about.

“This is EXACTLY what Apple’s 1984 commercial was all about. Making computing personal, overcoming the awful precedent of

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Apple Has Pulled Epic Games From App Store

Elroy Mariano

While a judge may not settle the dispute between Apple and Epic Games for months, the computer giant pulled the Fortnite maker’s games from the App Store on Friday (Aug. 28), 9to5Mac reported.

Epic emailed its Fortnite players that the iOS and Mac versions of the game are blocked from receiving updates.

The move comes amid a pending lawsuit against Apple by Epic. The dispute began earlier this month when the Maryland-based game maker released a payment platform that was crafted to bypass the App Store’s payment system and its 30 percent commission.

In response, Apple said it would end Epic’s access to the App Store on Friday (Aug. 28) arguing that Epic violated Apple’s rules. Epic filed suit alleging that the tech giant’s practices are anticompetitive.

“Apple’s removal of Fortnite is yet another example of Apple flexing its enormous power in order

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Apple slams ‘Fortnite’ maker Epic Games for ‘shoplifting’ from App Store

Elroy Mariano

Apple and the maker of the popular video game Fortnite over in-app purchasing rules continued Sunday with Fortnite hosting a free online competition billed as the last time gamers will be able to play together across all platforms.” data-reactid=”12″The dispute between Apple and the maker of the popular video game Fortnite over in-app purchasing rules continued Sunday with Fortnite hosting a free online competition billed as the last time gamers will be able to play together across all platforms.

The #FreeFortnite Cup was scheduled two days after Apple asked a federal judge in California on Friday to deny Fortnite maker Epic Games’ request to have the game returned to the App Store.

Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store on its iOS & iPadOS operating systems earlier this month after Epic Games “secretly” installed a “hotfix” into its app to bypass the Apple payment system.

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Fortnite will stay blocked on Apple’s app store. But Epic did win one important court battle

Elroy Mariano

Apple will not have to reinstate Fortnite to its app store, at least for now, a federal judge ruled Monday night in a historic legal battle between the iPhone maker and the producer of one of the world’s most popular video games.



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The decision means Fortnite players on Apple devices likely won’t get access to the game’s newest season content, which launches Aug. 27 and requires an update to the game that Apple will not allow onto the app store.

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But Fortnite’s creator, Epic Games, won what may be a more significant — albeit temporary — respite on Monday that could have ripple effects across the digital media industry.

Under a temporary restraining order issued by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Apple must not block Unreal Engine, a major game development software suite owned by Epic, from its app store. Epic declined to comment.

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