Epic Games CEO goes into Panic Mode with Apple notifying him that Access to iOS and Mac developer tools will end on August 28
On Friday Patently Apple posted a legal report titled "The Full Epic Games Lawsuit Argument Outline states that Apple’s Conduct is causing them Financial Harm." Epic stated in their complaint to the court that they weren't seeking any monetary damages but instead the end to Apple’s dominance over key technology markets." Beyond removing them from the App Store, Apple has now given Epic until August 28 to address the violation of the App Store's payment processing system or be locked out of iOS and Mac Developer tools.
Reuters is reporting that In its filing, Epic Chief Executive Timothy Sweeney said "Fortnite" had 350 million registered users as of June 2020, but that Apple’s move will stop them from getting the updates needed to play the game’s most popular mode - a "Battle Royale" match of up 100 players where the last survivor wins.
Epic Games CEO Sweeney further wrote that "Apple’s actions will 'break' Fortnite for millions of existing players," saying Epic updates the game every few weeks. "Because iOS users can no longer update the game, they will be unable to play Fortnite with most other players, who will have the then-current version available on other platforms” such as PCs."
In addition to making its own titles, Epic also makes tools for other game developers such as the Unreal Engine, which helps game developers create three-dimensional graphics. The tool is also used by medical imaging companies and car designers and is used by millions of developers, Epic said.
In its filing, Epic alleged that if Apple cuts off its access to Apple’s developers, it will be unable to keep offering the Unreal Engine for Mac and iPhone operating systems, which would in turn affect hundreds of game titles. Some of the games, such as PUBG, have hundreds of millions of players, Epic wrote in its filing.
“The effects will reverberate well beyond video games; it will affect developers who use the Unreal Engine on Apple products in many fields,” Epic said in its filing asking the court to issue an order blocking Apple’s move. For more on this, read the full Reuters report.
It appears as though Mr. Sweeney didn't think beyond his blind attack on Apple with their lawsuit Friday to even care about what happened to their millions of customers. Now King Mr. Sweeney is realizing that there are consequences to one's actions? Amazing.