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Epic Games, Spotify and others form advocacy group to push for app store changes

Companies including “Fortnite” maker Epic Games Inc., Spotify Technology SA, and Tinder owner Match Group Inc. have forged an alliance to pressure Apple Inc. and other app-store operators to make changes to their marketplace rules.

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K-pop group BTS will be debuting next music video in Fortnite
K-pop group BTS will be debuting next music video in Fortnite
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Epic Games has announced that the choreopgraphy video for the single "Dynamite" by the K-pop group BTS will be first shown in the online game Fortnite.

On September 25th players will be able to see the video ingfame on Fortnite’s party royale island. In addition, two new ingame emotes that were "choreographed by BTS" will go on sale starting September 23rd.

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Apple demands compensation from Epic Games over Fortnite dispute
Fortnite Chapter2, Season 4
Fortnite Chapter2, Season 4 Credit: Epic Games (Reproduction)

Following the dispute over App Store fees between Apple and Epic Games, Apple now demands compensation payments from Epic for causing greater damage and "endangering the entire iOS ecosystem and the immense value to its customers".

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Epic Games files for preliminary injunction against Apple over Fortnite ban after 60% user loss
Epic Games files for preliminary injunction against Apple over Fortnite ban after 60% user loss
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The Fortnite creator and rights holder Epic Games has filed for a preliminary injunction in order to get the popular battle royale game restored to Apple's App Store.

Epic Games states that the daily active users have dropped by 60% following the removal from the App Store and claims that the company is "likely to suffer irreparable harm" if the app is not restored while the legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games is ongoing.

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Apple terminated Epic Games developer account
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Fortnite Credit: Epic Games

Apple terminated the Epic Games developer account on the App Store, meaning games like Fortnite and Infinity Blade are no longer available for download, and blocking Epic Games from developing applications for iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Apple says Epic will no longer be able to submit apps or updates using its Epic Games developer account, but users who’ve previously downloaded Fortnite on iOS and Mac can keep playing it.

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Apple ordered not to block Epic's Unreal Engine, but Fortnite still banned from App Store
Fortnite
Fortnite Credit: Epic Games

US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ruled that Apple cannot terminate Epic Games' developer accounts or compromise its Unreal Engine. The App Store ban of Fortnite will not be lifted by the court until a full hearing can take place on September 28.

The judge claimed that Apple had "chosen to act severely" by threatening to block the Unreal Engine, which is widely used by others. "Epic Games and Apple are at liberty to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not create havoc to bystanders," she said.

Regarding Fortnite, the judge stated Epic had "strategically chosen to breach its agreements with Apple.", ruling against Epic Games request to have Fortnite back to the App Store.

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Apple threatens to terminate all Epic’s developer account over Fortnite App Store protest
Epic Games parody of the iconic Apple's "1984" ad
Epic Games parody of the iconic Apple's "1984" ad Credit: Epic Games (Reproduction)

Epic tweeted on Monday that Apple has threatened to cut off its access to all Apple developer tools, for iOS and Mac. The developer said Apple would terminate all of its development tools accesses on August 28.

Epic has filed for a preliminary injunction against Apple, saying the company will be "irreparably harmed long before final judgment comes" if it does not obtain the injunction. Epic also asked for Fortnite — with its lowered prices and alternate payment option — to be returned to the App Store.

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Apple and Google removed Fortnite from App Store and Play Store
Apple and Google removed Fortnite from App Store and Play Store
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Apple has removed Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games implemented Thursday its in-app payment system that bypassed Apple’s standard 30% fee. Later Thursday Google also removed the game from the Android Play Store.

Epic Games responded with a series of calculated actions, including an antitrust lawsuit claiming Apple's App Store is a monopoly, a video mocking the iconic "1984" Apple ad, and encouraging fans to use #FreeFortnite on their communications with Apple.

Spotify’s spokesman Adam Grossberg said, "We applaud Epic Games' decision to take a stand against Apple and shed further light on Apple's abuse of its dominant position." 

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Epic Games receives $250 million Investment from Sony
Epic Games Logo
Epic Games Logo Credit: Epic Games (Public Domain)

Sony has invested $250 million for a 1.4% stake in Epic Games. With the new investment, the developer behind Fortnite and the Epic Games Store has raised $1.83 billion to date and it is valued at $17.68 billion.

"The investment cements an already close relationship between the two companies and reinforces the shared mission to advance the state of the art in technology, entertainment, and socially-connected online services," stated Sony, in a press release.

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Epic removed all police cars from Fortnite as a response to Black Lives Matter protests
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Fortnite Logo Credit: Epic Games (Reproduction)

Epic Games has removed all police cars from Fortnite after the game's latest update, and according to a report on the Wall Street Journal that was a response to Black Lives Matter protests over police violence.

The company was not the first one to acknowledge the movement. Activision delayed the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone‘s fourth season release date as well as adding in a Black Lives Matter loading screen. At the same time, Sony postponed the unveiling event for its highly-anticipated PlayStation 5.

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Fortnite Season 3 has launched with a flooded map, Aquaman, sharks, water skiing, and a kitty mech
EPIC Games Fortnite Map
EPIC Games Fortnite Map Credit: via Twitter User @HYPEX

After a long wait for the fans, a new season has launched today. Epic Games released the long-delayed third season for Fortnite: Chapter 2, following a massive event earlier in the week that saw the game’s battle royale island surrounded by a wall of water. The map has changed and also means a new battle pass is available (Fortnite’s seasonal subscription-like service). Players who splurge for a pass will get a number of characters to unlock, including Aquaman and Kit, a tiny kitten riding a motorcycle that also powers a mech suit.

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Epic delays the next 'Fortnite' event and season again
Epic delays the next 'Fortnite' event and season again
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Epic Games has delayed the next Fortnite event and season once more. A one-time event called The Device is moving from June 6th to June 15th. Chapter 2 Season 3, which will probably feature a flooded map, will start two days after that. The publisher made the call amid widespread anti-racism protests.

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Fortnite season 3 has been delayed one more week
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Fortnite Credit: Epic Games (Reproduction)

Epic Games announced that Chapter 2, Season 3 was delayed once again. Initially planned to be released on April 30, Epic already had pushed the season to June 4 before this latest announcement.

The company said: “In an effort to get everything ready for Chapter 2 - Season 3, we’re extending Season 2 by one week. The new launch day of Season 3 will be Thursday, June 11.”.

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Epic Games online store down for hours after rumours of 'Grand Theft Auto V' for free
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V Credit: Rockstar on IGDB

Epic Games online store was down on Thursday due to massive traffic after rumours that it was giving the premium edition of "Grand Theft Auto V" for free.

Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, has given away dozens of free titles since their online store launched in December 2018, and the company said in January that it plans to continue to give away free games through 2020.

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Fortnite World Cup 2020 cancelled
Fortnite World Cup 2020 cancelled
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Epic Games, the video game and software development company behind Fortnite, has announced the cancellation of this year's Fortnite World Cup. On Twitter, they stated that all other Fortnite events and competitions will be held online.