Epic Games vs Apple Explained

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    Epic Games is suing Apple Inc. over antitrust laws and the fallout so far has been pretty interesting.

    It all started back in August of 2020 when Epic intentionally violated the App Store terms of service when they allowed Fortnite players to buy V-Bucks directly from Epic instead of through Apple’s processing service in which Apple gets to take a 30% cut.

    Fortnite was promptly removed from the app store and then Epic fired up a #FreeFortnite marketing campaign and the antitrust lawsuit.

    Epic is hoping they can tear down the walls of Apple’s closed marketplace so that they can put their own marketplaces on millions of iPhones around the world without having to give Apple a cut. Or at the very least a much smaller piece of the pie.

    In today’s video, we are explaining everything we know about the lawsuit and all the updates we have heard so far.

    Stay tuned for more updates and just generally cool explainers and short-form news pieces about what’s been going on in games lately.

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    SOURCES

    [GamesIndustry.biz] PlayStation charges for Cross-Play

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-05-04-sony-charges-developers-for-cross-platform-play-court-documents-reveal

    [The Verge] Cloud gaming violates App Store guidelines

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/6/21357771/apple-cloud-gaming-microsoft-xcloud-google-stadia-ios-app-store-guidelines-violations

    [Reuters] Law School Professionals say Epic has a weak case

    https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/apple-versus-epic-games-courtroom-battle-is-only-half-fight-2021-05-02/

    [The Verge] Testifying parties in Epic Games v. Apple Inc.

    https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/28/22405894/epic-apple-store-fortnite-trial-kickoff-witnesses-list

    [PCGamer] Epic to loose $300 million

    https://www.pcgamer.com/epic-games-store-exclusives-apple-lawsuit/

    [RPS] Epic spent $444 million on exclusives in 2020

    https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/epic-spent-444-million-dollars-on-exclusive-games-in-2020#:~:text=That%20all%20costs%20money%2C%20naturally,more%20on%20this%20year’s%20deals.

    [The Verge] Epic spent at least $11.6 million on free games and gained 5 million new users in return

    https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/4/22418782/epic-games-store-free-games-cost-apple-trial-arkham-subnautica-mutant-year-zero

    [PCGamesN] Epic paid $444 million for Borderlands 3 timed exclusive

    https://www.pcgamesn.com/borderlands-3/epic-exclusive-deal

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