27 August 2020
In the legal battle between Epic Games and Apple, Microsoft has chosen side with the Fortnite creator. It has specifically sided on the matter of revoking Epic's access to all Mac and iOS development tools. Apple has threatened to do so as it said there will not be any excuses for the company that tried to bypass the mandatory 30% cut on in-app payments.
The main reason Microsoft has voiced its opinion on the matter is due to its reliance on Unreal Engine. It is an engine used by the Redmond-based tech giant and many other game developers/publishers for graphics creation. Since it depends on various tools provided by Apple to work, the decision to cut off Epic Games will also affect other game publishers.
Kevin Gammill, General Manager for Gaming Developer Experiences at Microsoft said:
"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. Gammill went on to say that, "Apple's discontinuation of Epic's ability to develop and support Unreal Engine for iOS or macOS will harm game creators and gamers."
For the uninitiated ones, the whole battle between the two companies began when Epic Games offered its own payment method within the Fortnite game. This method allowed the company to collect money from gamers without having to pay a 30% cut to Apple as it happens with Apple's own payment method. It is not hard to guess that this is something that Cupertino-based tech giant did not appreciate even a bit. It announced the intention to take harsh steps against Fortnite creator which led to a legal lawsuit between the two companies.