Microsoft joins court battle between Apple and Fortnite maker Epic
In the latest news regarding the legal battle between Apple and Fortnite maker Epic, Microsoft has decided to publicly announce its support for the video game developer. This announcement comes less than a week after the the tech giant decided to revoke Epic’s permissions to develop tools for iOS and Mac which most notably would impact every game that uses Epic’s Unreal Engine game creation tools. Epic has since filed a motion to stop Apple from revoking their permissions and now Microsoft is backing them in the court battle, claiming that denial of access to Unreal Engine on Mac and iOS “will harm game creators and gamers.”
“Denying Epic access to Apple’s SDK (software development kit) and other development tools will prevent Epic from supporting Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS, and will place Unreal Engine and those game creators that have built, are building, and may build games on it at a substantial disadvantage,” said Kevin Gammill, general manager for gaming developer experiences at Microsoft, in a filing shared Sunday by Xbox boss Phil Spencer.