In a court filing on Sunday, Microsoft Corporation said Apple Inc’s threat to cut off the creator of “Fortnite” from Apple’s developer tools would hurt Microsoft’s gaming business along with other game developers.
The filing is a result of a dispute between Apple and Epic Games. Apple removed Epic’s titles from its app downloading app App Store after it violated Apple’s in-app payment rules.
The game maker, Epic, further claims that Apple has also threatened it to cut off its access to Apple tools. Apple tool is used by many game developers to maintain Unreal Engine and produce good graphics. Adding to it, Microsoft said that this move will not only Epic but also one of its own game titles known as “Forza Street”.
What did Microsoft Corp. say?
General manager of gaming developer experiences at Microsoft, Kevin Gammill, said that Microsoft holds an “enterprise-wide” license to Apple’s tool Unreal Engine and Apple’s move to cut off the access would hamper the company along with other game developers who develop games using this technology for iPhones and Macs.
Kevin Gammill wrote: “If Unreal Engine cannot support games for iOS or macOS, Microsoft would be required to choose between abandoning its customers and potential customers on the iOS and macOS platforms or choosing a different game engine when preparing to develop new games.”
What did Epic say?
In the court filing on Sunday, the vice president of engineering at Epic, Nicholas Penwarden said many game developers who use Unreal Engine have contacted the company showing their worries that their ongoing and upcoming projects will be disrupted by Apple’s move.
Epic is looking for a court order to stop Apple’s decision to terminate its ‘Unreal Engine’ developer accounts.
However, in return, Apple Inc. said that it will change its decision of termination of developer accounts only if Epic resubmits a version of “Fortnite” that goes with its payment rules.