Epic Games

By MacRumors Staff
Epic Games is the software company behind the massively popular game Fortnite, as well as creator of the Unreal Engine game engine that is used by numerous other game developers.

Epic became a major focus of the Apple news scene in mid-2020 when the company deployed a direct payment option for Fortnite's in-game currency, in violation of App Store and Google Play rules.

The situation escalated, with Apple quickly pulling Fortnite from the App Store and terminating Epic's developer account. Lawsuits were filed on both sides, and the situation continues to play out with Fortnite still missing from the App Store.

Read more in our timeline of events surrounding the ongoing dispute.

Epic Games Articles

GeForce NOW Games Available on iOS Devices Through Safari, Fortnite Coming Soon

Thursday November 19, 2020 6:00 am PST by
GeForce NOW, NVIDIA's streaming gaming service, today announced the launch of Safari integration, which will bring Fortnite and other games to Apple's iOS devices through the Safari browser. The new Safari integration is available in a beta capacity, and NVIDIA says that many games in the GeForce NOW library can be played on iOS devices. Using GeForce NOW on an iOS device requires a gamepad, ...

App Store Fee Cut Attracts Criticism From Major Developers Like Spotify and Epic

Wednesday November 18, 2020 8:39 am PST by
A number of industry players, including Spotify, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, and Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson, have today criticized Apple's move to launch a new App Store Small Business Program that will halve App Store fees for small business owners and independent developers (via The Verge). After Apple announced the new program, Spotify released a statement saying that it...

Federal Judge Tosses Apple's Theft Claims in Ongoing Epic Games Legal Fight

Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:27 am PST by
A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed some of Apple's counterclaims against Epic Games in its ongoing antitrust battle over Apple's App Store fees (via Bloomberg). Apple and Epic have been in a legal fight since August, when Apple removed Fortnite from the ‌App Store‌ after ‌Epic Games‌ introduced a direct payment option in the app, defying the ‌App Store‌ rules. ‌Epic Games‌...

Fortnite to Return to iOS via Nvidia GeForce Now Streaming Service

Thursday November 5, 2020 6:07 am PST by
Plans are in place to allow users to play Epic Games' "Fortnite" on iOS and iPadOS again using Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service in Safari, the BBC has discovered. Nvidia has reportedly developed a version of its GeForce Now cloud gaming service that works in Safari on iOS and iPadOS, and Fortnite looks to be a key title on the platform for Apple devices that have lost the game due ...

Epic Games Denied Preliminary Injunction for Fortnite, But Apple Can't Block Unreal Engine

Friday October 9, 2020 4:40 pm PDT by
A California judge today denied Epic Games' request for a preliminary injunction that would have required Apple to allow Fortnite back into the App Store, which means the app will continue to remain unavailable on Apple's iOS platform for the duration of the legal battle between the two companies. While the Fortnite app for iOS devices will not be reinstated into the ‌App Store‌, Epic did...

Fortnite Dispute Between Apple and Epic Games Won't Have Jury Trial

Tuesday September 29, 2020 6:29 pm PDT by
Apple and Epic Games do not want to have a jury trial in their ongoing legal dispute over Fortnite and Apple's App Store policies, according to a filing submitted to the Northern California court handling the case today. The two companies said they have met and have agreed that both Epic's claims and Apple's counterclaims should be tried by the court with a bench trial at a date to be...

Epic Games Unlikely to Win Injunction in Ongoing Fortnite Battle With Apple, Jury Trial Possible

Monday September 28, 2020 2:14 pm PDT by
The ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games continued on today, with a preliminary injunction hearing taking place this morning. We're still waiting to hear the judge's official ruling, but it looks like Epic is not going to be granted an injunction to allow Fortnite back into the App Store as the case unfolds. Many of the arguments that lawyers for Apple and ‌Epic Games‌ made...

Epic Games, Spotify, and Tile Form 'Coalition for App Fairness' to 'Fight Back' Against Apple

Thursday September 24, 2020 8:14 am PDT by
A range of companies, including Epic Games, Spotify, and Tile, have formed a new organization called the "Coalition for App Fairness," in an effort to highlight developer issues with Apple. The organization describes itself as "an independent nonprofit organization founded by industry-leading companies to advocate for freedom of choice and fair competition across the app ecosystem." The...

Epic Games Announces 'Fortnite: Save the World' Will No Longer Be Playable on macOS

Friday September 18, 2020 5:50 am PDT by
Epic Games has announced that "Fortnite: Save the World" will no longer be playable on macOS, after Apple terminated ‌Epic Games‌' developer account. Fortnite has been in violation of the ‌App Store‌ rules since August 13, when it introduced a direct payment option that skirted Apple's in-app purchase system by allowing payments directly to ‌‌Epic Games‌‌. Shortly after Epic blatantly...

Apple Has 'Lost Sight of the Tech Industry's Founding Principles,' Says Epic Games CEO

Thursday September 10, 2020 8:44 am PDT by
Following Apple's countersuit on Tuesday, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has now responded to Apple's new request for damages for breach of contract. Sweeney says that Apple's claim that the legal dispute is "nothing more than a basic disagreement over money" is an indication that it has "lost sight of the tech industry's founding principles," although he does not explicitly state what these...

Apple Disabling 'Sign in with Apple' for Epic Games on September 11 [Updated]

Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:20 am PDT by
Now that Epic Games' developer account has been terminated, Apple is also ending access to other services, such as Sign in with Apple. According to ‌Epic Games‌, Apple will no longer let users sign in to ‌Epic Games‌ using ‌Sign in with Apple‌ as of September 11, which is in two days. Epic says that customers who use ‌Sign in with Apple‌ to access their ‌Epic Games‌ accounts should make sure ...

Apple Accuses Epic Games of 'Willful, Brazen, and Unlawful Conduct' in Countersuit Asking for Breach of Contract Damages

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:29 pm PDT by
As Apple and Epic Games prepare for a hearing on a preliminary injunction to decide whether Fortnite will be allowed back on the App Store as the legal battle between the two companies plays out, Apple has filed a countersuit against Epic requesting damages for breach of contract. In a court filing today, Apple says that Epic's lawsuit is "nothing more than a basic disagreement over money,"...

Epic Games Asks Court to Allow Fortnite Back on the App Store

Saturday September 5, 2020 3:41 pm PDT by
Just a week after Apple terminated Epic Games' developer account, Epic has filed for a preliminary injunction that would both allow Fortnite back on the App Store and restore access to its developer account. In the filing, Epic Games says it was willing to challenge Apple "because it was the right thing to do" and "it was better positioned than many other companies to weather the storm."...

Ridley Scott Comments on Epic Games' Parody of His '1984' Ad

Tuesday September 1, 2020 6:19 am PDT by
Ridley Scott, director of the original "1984" Apple Macintosh advertisement, has commented on Epic Games' recent parody of his ad, in an interview to IGN. When ‌Epic Games‌ launched its campaign against Apple over alleged anticompetitive App Store policies, it premiered a shot-for-shot remake of Apple's famous "1984" Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott, titled "Nineteen...

Apple Terminates Epic Games' Developer Account

Friday August 28, 2020 2:24 pm PDT by
Apple in mid-August said that it would terminate Epic Games' developer account if the Fortnite app continued to break the App Store rules, and today, Apple followed through with that threat and removed Epic's access to the Epic Games account. Fortnite has been unavailable for a few weeks, but other ‌Epic Games‌ titles like Battle Breakers and Infinity Blade Stickers were still in the ‌App...

Epic Games Sends Emails to Fortnite Players Blaming Apple for New Season's Unavailability

Thursday August 27, 2020 11:47 pm PDT by
Epic Games this evening sent out emails to Fortnite users on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to let them know that it will not be possible to play the newly released Marvel-themed season 4 content on their devices. In the email, ‌Epic Games‌ blames Apple's App Store fees for the unavailability of new content, even though Apple has said that if the direct payment option is removed and Fortnite obeys ‌Ap...

Fortnite for iOS and macOS Will No Longer Be Cross-Platform When New Season Launches

Wednesday August 26, 2020 12:57 pm PDT by
Epic Games tomorrow plans to launch a new season of Fortnite, which is where new content, skins, map updates, and objectives are introduced for players to keep the gameplay fresh and dynamic. This week's season is Marvel themed. This morning, ‌Epic Games‌ confirmed that it has no plans to give in and remove the direct payment option from the Fortnite app on iOS devices, which means the app...

Epic Games Confirms New Fortnite Season Won't Be Available on iOS or Mac

Wednesday August 26, 2020 9:36 am PDT by
In an update to its FAQ today, spotted by The Verge, Epic Games has confirmed that the upcoming season of Fortnite will not be available to players on iPhone, iPad, or Mac due to the company's legal battle with Apple. From the FAQ:Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices. As a...

Apple Ready to 'Welcome Fortnite Back Onto iOS' if Epic Removes Direct Purchase After Losing Restraining Order Ruling

Tuesday August 25, 2020 10:44 am PDT by
Apple is preparing to terminate Epic Games' developer account on August 28, and is not planning to approve updates for the Fortnite game amid the ongoing legal battle between the two companies. This is inconvenient for ‌Epic Games‌ because a new Fortnite season is starting on August 27, and iOS users will not be able to participate. ‌Epic Games‌ attempted to get a temporary restraining order ...

Judge in Apple v. Epic Case Sides With Apple on Fortnite and Epic on Unreal Engine [Updated]

Monday August 24, 2020 5:32 pm PDT by
Apple last week sent a letter to Epic Games letting the company know that if it does not comply with the App Store rules and remove direct payment options from Fortnite, that all of Epic's developer accounts and access to Apple development tools will be terminated on August 28. That would impact Fortnite, other Epic Games, and the Unreal Engine used by third-party developers. Epic in...