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Judge Delivers Temporary Victory To Each Side In Apple Vs. Epic Games

 |  August 25, 2020

Both sides in Apple Inc. versus Epic Games Inc. could declare victory Monday night (Aug. 24) when a federal judge issued a temporary split decision.

U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers for the Northern District of California ruled the global consumer electronics and computer software company can’t block the game maker from accessing Unreal Engine tools, a popular game engine developed by Epic that is used to build 3-D games on Apple platforms.

At the same time, the court denied the North Carolina game maker’s motion to restore its Fortnite game to the App Store.

“Epic Games and Apple are at liberty to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not create havoc to bystanders,” Rogers wrote in a ruling late on Monday, Reuters reported. “Apple has chosen to act severely, and by doing so, has impacted non-parties and a third-party developer ecosystem.”

The judge added even if Epic Games violated App Store’s rules, as Apple has alleged, it did not breach any contracts related to Unreal Engine.

The David vs. Goliath battle commenced earlier this month when Epic filed suit, alleging the tech giant’s practices are anti-competitive. Epic unveiled a payment platform that was crafted to bypass the App Store’s payment system and its commission, which is as high as 30 percent. The idea was to win Apple’s approval for Epic to bypass in-app purchases and allow Fortnite game players to pay it directly.

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