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

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

Friday September 18, 2020 4:50 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 7:44 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 9:20 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 12:29 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 2:41 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 5:19 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 1:24 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 10:47 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 11:57 am 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 8:36 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 9:44 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 4:32 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...

Epic Games Sought Side Deal for Fortnite Prior to Lawsuit, Apple Says in Court Filing [Updated]

Friday August 21, 2020 12:28 pm PDT by
Earlier this week, Epic Games levied a lawsuit against Apple after Apple pulled popular game Fortnite from the App Store for defying Apple's ‌App Store‌ policies surrounding in-app purchases, launching a legal battle between the two companies. Apple in turn said that it would terminate Epic's developer accounts on August 28, prompting ‌Epic Games‌ to file a restraining order attempting to...

Epic Games Throwing a 'FreeFortnite Cup' Bash Before iOS Users Lose Access

Thursday August 20, 2020 8:53 pm PDT by
With Fortnite currently banned from the App Store and Epic Games on the verge of having its Apple developer accounts terminated for violating ‌App Store‌ rules by rolling out its own payments system for in-game currency, Epic is hosting a #FreeFortnite Cup this Sunday for "one more Victory Royale with friends across all platforms." Fortnite users who already have the game installed on their...

Hundreds of iPhones With Fortnite Installed Flood eBay

Wednesday August 19, 2020 3:18 pm PDT by
Enterprising eBay sellers are hoping people who are desperate to play Fortnite will pay high prices for iPhones with the game installed, and there are currently hundreds of iPhone listings on eBay advertising the Fortnite app as a purchase perk. Many of the prices listed are astronomical, ranging from over $1,000 to up to $10,000 (as noted by Business Insider), but there are some devices...

Apple Retains Gibson Dunn Lawyers From Samsung Case to Combat Epic Games

Wednesday August 19, 2020 5:28 am PDT by
Apple will use lawyers from Gibson Dunn, the same firm that spearheaded the second Apple v. Samsung action, in its bid to fend off a private antitrust suit leveled by Epic Games, according to software patent and litigation expert Florian Mueller at FOSS Patents. Last week, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after ‌Epic Games‌ introduced a direct payment option in the app, defying ‌Ap...

Epic Games Aiming to Recruit 'Coalition of Apple Critics' to Fight App Store Policies

Monday August 17, 2020 6:27 pm PDT by
Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite that recently entered into a major dispute with Apple over App Store policies, is aiming to organize a wider opposition to Apple, reports The Information. Epic over the course of the last few weeks has allegedly reached out to other tech executives with the hopes of forming a coalition of companies that are critical of Apple's business practices....

Apple Threatens to Terminate Epic Games' Developer Accounts on August 28

Monday August 17, 2020 12:02 pm PDT by
Apple is planning to terminate Epic Games' entire access to its App Store and app development tools, ‌Epic Games‌ said today. Apple told Epic that by August 28, all access will be ended. That includes Epic's access to the development tools necessary to create software for the Unreal Engine that Epic offers to third-party developers for their games. In response, Epic has filed a court order...

Google Pulls Fortnite From Play Store, But Game Remains Available Through Other Android Sources [Update: Epic Games Sues Google]

Thursday August 13, 2020 5:17 pm PDT by
Just hours after Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store, Google has also pulled the Fortnite app from its Google Play Store. Epic made the same in-app changes in the Google version of the app that it made in the App Store version, allowing players to bypass Google’s in-app purchase system. Subverting the Play Store in-app purchase system is against Google’s rules. From Google’s...

Spotify Sides With Epic Games in Battle Against Apple's App Store Fees

Thursday August 13, 2020 2:32 pm PDT by
Spotify, which has also faced off with Apple over Apple's App Store policies and fees, today weighed in on Epic Games' fight with Apple over Fortnite's removal from the ‌App Store‌. Unsurprisingly, Spotify has sided with ‌Epic Games‌, applauding Epic's decision to "take a stand against Apple." From a statement provided to Recode's Peter Kafka:We applaud ‌Epic Games‌' decision to take a stand ...