Microsoft supports Fortnite creator in the ongoing Apple conflict

Epic Games is currently stuck in a legal conflict with Apple after attempting to sidestep commission payments as the tech giant suggested Apple to pull Fortnite from its online market.


On Sunday, Microsoft quickly defended the creator of video game sensation Fortnite, mentioning in a court filing that Apple’s action steps to cut out the firm from programming tools that would harm the other game makers along with their players.


Epic Games is currently facing a legal dispute with Apple after attempting to dodge commission payments as the tech giant prompted the iPhone manufacturer to remove Fortnite from its online store.


Apple even imperiled Epic’s access to its programming tools that are required to sustain “Unreal Engine”, a software platform that was created by Epic and which is used by several video game studios in order to create graphics.


In a filing to the California court which is handling the case between Epic and Apple, a Microsoft manager stated that Unreal Engine “is a critical technology for numerous game creators including Microsoft”.


Kevin Gammill, Microsoft’s general manager of gaming developer experiences wrote: “Apple’s discontinuation of Epic’s ability to develop and support Unreal Engine for iOS or macOS will harm game creators and gamers.” 


Apple has accused that the Fortnite creator deserves to drop its access to the programming tools as it infringed the terms of their contract.


At the core of the fight is the 30 percent that Apple gets owing to the income generated by firms to distribute their apps on its online store.


Epic Games filed a case against Apple in the previous week as the tech giant took Fortnite off its App Store for releasing an update that eludes income sharing.


The most recent version has a payment system that lets player transactions evade the App Store, thus avoiding Cupertino-based Apple from getting its usual 30 percent cut.


Epic has requested the judge to make Apple place Fortnite back in the App Store till the issue is settled in court.

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