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Slasher explains possible outcome of Fortnite and Apple lawsuit

Published: 18/Aug/2020 11:16

by Matt Porter

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Following the surprising news that Epic Games are suing Apple and Google after the companies removed Fortnite from their respective app stores, Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau made an appearance on Fox Business to break down the situation and reveal that he believes Epic will force major changes on the technological giants with their lawsuit. 

On August 13, Epic Games unveiled a new option to purchase their in-game Fortnite currency, V-Bucks, directly through the app, bypassing Apple and Google’s app store. This meant that the two companies wouldn’t receive a cut of up to 30% from the transactions.

Many quickly suggested that this move would be a violation of both company’s terms of service, and it wasn’t long before the game was removed from app stores on both iOS and Android devices. The developers quickly hit back with a campaign mimicking Apple’s legendary ‘1984’ advert, calling on the company to ‘#FreeFortnite,’ before submitting lawsuits against both of the trillion-dollar companies.

Unsurprisingly, this issue is rumbling on, with Apple set to terminate Epic Games’ developer accounts on iOS and Mac, which could end up affecting any developers who use Unreal Engine. With the eyes of the world watching this situation unfold, Breslau appeared on Fox Business to break down the suit, and revealed he believes that Epic could force major changes on Apple in his conversation with host Ashley Webster.

Epic Games' #FreeFortnite video.
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Epic Games parodied Apple’s legendary 1984 commercial.

When asked what the endgame was for Epic, Breslau explained: “This is a personal thing [for Tim Sweeney]. He’s been a huge advocate against Apple’s mobile app store, and now he’s mobilizing his company and the biggest game they have in Fortnite to try and make things fair for what he says is all developers around the world.

“Fortnite as a game is one of the first to have crossplay between consoles along with phones, so his way of looking at technology and the internet is to have open platforms. Apple is notoriously one of the most closed platforms in the world, you can’t create another App Store on the platform like Google and Android, which is why Tim isn’t going as hard at them as they are at Apple.”

Webster raised the idea that Apple and Google own and maintain the stores, so their argument will likely be that they can then charge whatever they like. “I will say Epic have gotten some very high profile lawyers,” responded Slasher. “They wouldn’t have jumped on this case if they didn’t think they had a real shot at taking down Apple and Google. They want to try and change the way Apple looks at the entire ecosystem, and let developers create their own store if they want to.”

Breslau then mentioned the congressional anti-trust hearing from July about situations like Apple’s app store, stating that Epic Games have been able to push the conversation forward much further than congress ever could, before stating: “I actually think Epic has a real shot at making a big change in Apple’s app store, and Google’s as well.”

Players who already have Fortnite installed on their iOS and Android devices can continue to play the game for the foreseeable future, but will no longer receive any updates now that the game has been removed from the app store.

When a resolution will be found in this lawsuit remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: no matter the outcome, it will have major implications on the landscape of mobile gaming and technology as a whole for years to come.

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Epic Games tease more “exclusive” content coming for Fortnite Crew members

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:52

by Tanner Pierce

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According to a brand-new leaked survey, Epic Games have been asking players what they might want to see added as a feature to the Fortnite Crew subscription service, hinting that they’re open to changing up what’s included in the future.

If you took a look at the Fortnite Crew subscription service and thought that it didn’t include enough or didn’t include much that you’d be interested in, Epic Games may be heeding those concerns.

According to Fortnite leaker ‘iFireMonkey,’ a brand-new survey sent out to Fortnite players might indicate that the developer might be open to changing up what a Fortnite Crew subscription comes with. Specifically, the survey asks players to rank what benefits would be most or least important to be added to the service.

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Currently, the Fortnite Crew service includes an exclusive skin, some V-Bucks and a free battle pass.

The question itself features a wide range of choices. Some are simply new ways to purchase Fortnite Crew subscriptions, like the ability to buy the service in retail stores and multi-month options.

There are also more gameplay-centric choices, including everything from custom matchmaking options to cosmetics that show off how long you’ve had a subscription. Beyond that, there’s even a choice for a monthly physical mailer with additional rewards outside of what’s given digitally.

Despite this development, it remains to be seen if the company will actually implement any changes. While this survey might indicate that the company is, at the very least, open to adding features to the service, it’s important to remember that it’s not a guarantee that they will.

Currently, the service includes a free battle pass, an exclusive Crew pack, 1000 V-Bucks and an exclusive Member’s Only emote (at least for a limited time), so the implementation of any one of the features listed in the leaked survey would be a welcome addition, especially after its rocky start.

For any updates regarding new features in the Fortnite Crew service and Fortnite in general, keep it locked to Dexerto.