The continuous battle between Apple and Epic is getting wider on its range as the Fortnite developer pushes another filing on Sunday. It is against the tech giant’s threat with regards to Epic’s Unreal Engine, used for creating 3D graphics.
Recently, Apple responded to the game maker’s lawsuit with a warning that Epic should fix the problem until August 28. The iPhone maker added that Unreal Engine might be banished as well in the Apple’s developer tool system unless Epic resolves the issue.
Unreal Engine has been utilized by most of the games and applications to create 3D graphics. If Apple would remove its access to the iOS developer system, other developers will be impacted.
In support of Epic’s battle with Apple, Microsoft backed up the developer through a declaration that emphasizes the impact of revoking the access of Epic's Engine to iOS developers' tools. It will be a huge problem as well to Microsoft since its Forza is also using the Engine.
“Denying Epic access to Apple’s SDK and other development tools will prevent Epic from supporting Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS," Kevin Gammill stated, Microsoft’s general manager for third-party developers on the Xbox, "and will place Unreal Engine and game creators that have built, are building and may build games on it at a substantial disadvantage.”
Apple and Epic’s dispute started when Fortnite’s developer issued its own payment system discrediting the 30% fee of the App Store. The commission charge of Apple is part of its policies in which, according to the tech giant is to “protect its users.”
Apple claimed that Epic has violated its Store’s policies and resulted in its app, Fortnite, to be banned in the Store. The tech giant's decision triggered the developer to file a lawsuit.
Other than the lawsuit, the developer made a video mocking Apple and encouraging the Fortnite’s fans to battle along with Epic.
However, in response to Epic’s filings, Apple asked the court to deny the motion filed by the developer. The tech giant claims that Epic violated Apple’s rules by creating a false “emergency” through the direct payment system made using Fortnite.
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s declaration statement in support of Epic is based on its firsthand experience with the tech giant’s App Store.
Microsoft is launching a game streaming service, but it could not fully realize its vision of cloud gaming since Apple has denied its app. It is supposed to be launched in September, but due to the circumstance, it will not be available in iOS.