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The company behind “Fortnite” is in the middle of a protracted legal battle with Apple.

The wildly popular game was removed from the iPhone and iPad App Store back in August, and it’s unlikely to return anytime soon. 

At the heart of the argument is the 30% cut Apple takes from sales on its App Store, and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games circumventing that cut with an update earlier this year. Epic intentionally added a new payment system to “Fortnite” on iOS that enabled players to buy in-game virtual money (“V-Bucks”) directly from Epic, skipping Apple, knowing that Apple would swiftly pull the wildly popular game from the App Store. Hours later when that happened, Epic filed its lawsuit.

The moves were clearly calculated, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney explained that calculation in a new interview. 

“Normally, contracts are honorable and binding agreements on parties,” Sweeney said during the interview at the New York Times DealBook virtual conference on Wednesday afternoon. “But when a contract goes outside the bounds of the law, as Apple is doing, and has such a negative and pervasive impact on society, it’s everybody’s duty to fight.” 

He compared the move, “to civil rights fights, where …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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