Apple Fortnite players left behind in new update

Apple Fortnite players left behind in new update

A line-up of Marvel superheroes can be seen in this promotional screenshot, from left to right: Mystique, Storm, Wolverine, Doctor Doom, Thor, Iron Man, Groot, Rocket Racoon, She-Hulk, with a SHIELD Helicarrier plane visible in the sky top right

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image captionThe latest Fortnite update has a high-profile Marvel superhero event, but not on Apple machines

People playing Fortnite on Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad must be banned from the latest game update.

Following the weeks growing quarrel between the two companies, which led to Fortnite being withdrawn from Apple’s App Store.

Mac computers, not using the App Store, are now also affected.

Fortnite updates often make radical changes to the game, and Thursday introduces a partnership with Marvel Comics superheroes, among other things.

Game development

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney blamed Apple’s plan to withdraw access to developer tools on August 28, the day after the new season begins.

“Apple has said it will revoke all of Epic’s Apple SDK [software development kit] access for game development on Friday ”

He said.

“If they do, we won’t be able to update Fortnite on the Mac.”

Current versions of the Mac operating system attempt to prevent users from opening apps not controlled by Apple, using a process called “notary authentication”.
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image captionEven Apple Mac computers, such as iMacs, have strict rules on apps
Apple had attempted to revoke Epic’s access to its development tools for the entire company, but was prevented by a court ruling because Epic also produces Unreal Engine, a game development tool used by many creators.

And removing its compatibility could have hurt companies not involved in the dispute.

“Epic Games and Apple are free to argue with each other,” the judge ruled.

“But their dispute shouldn’t wreak havoc on bystanders

However, it allowed Apple to withdraw those kinds of permissions for Epic games, such as Fortnite, saying the company had “strategically chosen to violate its agreements with Apple.”

‘Deliberately hacked’

The quarrel began when Epic released an update for Fortnite that allowed players to purchase the in-game currency, V Bucks, directly from Epic instead of using Apple’s payment system.

Apple takes a 30% cut from those payments, amounting to millions of dollars from Fortnite.

And it is the only payment system allowed on apps available through the official app store.

But Apple rejects allegations that it operates any kind of monopoly.

He says Epic has deliberately violated guidelines “which apply equally to all developers and are designed to keep the store safe for our users.”

Epic is also stuck in a similar stalemate with Google, on Android phones.

But Android allows the installation of apps outside the Google Play app store.

And the Fortnite update is available this way.

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