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Kaden Waitley (10), Staff Writer – August 28, 2020

There has been recent news that the multinational company, Apple, has gotten into a grudge with Epic, a video game and software developer most famous for its video game, Fortnite. 

The problem between these two companies began on August 13 when Epic added a direct payment mechanism, violating Apple’s rules. In return, Apple has taken Fortnite off the apple store. Users will not be able to update their mobile game from now on nor can they cross-play. Fortnite has been available on the mobile community since season 4. From there, it has come a long way, and it is sad to see it leave. As of now, it can only be accessed on the following: Ps4, Xbox, and the Nintendo Switch.

Fortnite returning to the Apple store is said to be in Epic’s hands. They have been informed that in order to return to the store, they must “comply with App Store guidelines,” meaning returning to the previous payment policy where Apple would receive the payments instead. Although this could be an easy fix to this feud, Epic is countering saying, “Software makers have the right to freely express their ideas and to compete in a fair marketplace. Apple’s policies take these freedoms away.”Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers takes the people’s side: “Epic Games and Apple are at liberty to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not create havoc to bystanders.” The current predicament appears of its own making,” Rogers wrote, saying that Epic “strategically chose to breach its agreements with Apple” and thus disturb the status quo. What will happen to these two companies, we will soon find out.


Kaden Waitley, Staff Writer


 

 

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