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Epic launches “emergency” injunction after Apple targets Unreal Engine

Apple may be terminating Unreal Engine’s access to the App Store as soon as August 28th, Epic sources say

… And that’s a huge deal.

The legal battle between the two tech titans just escalated once again after Epic Games released a notice that Apple is attempting to cut off Unreal Engine developer accounts for Mac and iOS

While Fortnite has already been off the App Store for a few days, Unreal Engine is the preferred development software for gamers, programmers, photographers, and animators alike. If Apple were to go through with these ambitious plans, the ramifications will be widespread and long lasting

But that’s a big if. Earlier today, Epic Games submitted a second legal motion, this one being an injunction. In layman’s terms, an injunction (if granted) puts a temporary pause from companies to follow through with their plans until the original legal case is settled

Now is a particularly unpleasant time for Unreal Engine to receive this legal obstacle. With Unreal Engine 5 set to release later this year, a tool that is predicted to power much of the next gen gaming experience, cutting off a huge sector of the mobile market could lower developer confidence in the toolkit

Unreal Engine 4 test program. Credit: UnrealEngine

“Not content simply to remove Fortnite from the App Store, Apple is attacking Epic’s entire business in unrelated areas,” Epic Games attorney’s wrote. “Technology markets move swiftly. … The damage to Epic’s ongoing business and to its reputation and trust with its customers will be unquantifiable and irreparable. Preliminary injunctive relief is necessary to prevent Apple from crushing Epic before this case could ever get to judgment.”

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As it stands, mobile Fortnite players won’t receive the seasonal update or any other progression. Additionally, other iOS app developers may have to seriously consider their future with Unreal Engine barring a swift resolution

The nuclear arms race between Epic Games and Apple is just getting started – with no clear resolution or victor in sight. Follow us on Twitter to keep updated

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