Judge blocks Ap­ple move to ham­per Epic's Un­real En­gine

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES / BOSS - -AFP

SAN FRAN­CISCO: A fed­eral judge on Mon­day blocked Ap­ple Inc from shut­ting down an Epic Games tool that is re­lied upon by hun­dreds of other app mak­ers but had be­come the sub­ject of an an­titrust bat­tle be­tween the com­pa­nies. The rul­ing safe­guards "Fort­nite" cre­ator Epic's com­puter graph­ics soft­ware Un­real En­gine, which it of­fers through an af­fil­i­ate busi­ness and which hun­dreds of games and other apps use to power their apps on Ap­ple's iPhones.

"Epic Games and Ap­ple are at lib­erty to lit­i­gate against each other, but their dis­pute should not cre­ate havoc to by­s­tanders," Judge Yvonne Gon­za­lez Rogers wrote in a rul­ing late on Mon­day. The le­gal bat­tle arose af­ter Ap­ple this month re­moved Epic's "Fort­nite" game from Ap­ple's App Store and an af­fil­i­ated ac­count, ef­fec­tively block­ing dis­tri­bu­tion of Un­real En­gine, when Epic rolled out its own method of in-game pur­chases in "Fort­nite" rather than us­ing the re­quired Ap­ple sys­tem that charges com­mis­sion of be­tween 15% and 30%.

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