Apple can't block Epic from updating Unreal Engine, Fortnite to remain banned
Epic Games on Monday won in part a temporary restraining order that bars Apple from blocking Epic Games access to key development tools, allowing the gaming company to upkeep its Unreal Engine platform on iOS and Mac.
In a ruling handed down late Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted in part and denied in part Epic's TRO. Following a line of thinking aired during a hearing earlier in the day, Rogers found in favor of Epic on its access to vital SDKs, but against the company's attempt to reinstate Fortnite with a newly implemented direct payment feature.Detailing the decision in respect to Epic's games, the jurist said the court recognizes "virtual escapes" assist in connecting people, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, but arguments from Epic fail to outweigh the "general public interest in requiring private parties to adhere to their contractual agreements or in resolving business disputes through normal, albeit expedited, proceedings." Epic in today's hearings said it views Fortnite as more of a social platform than a simple computer game, noting the millions of players that take part in special events like in-game concerts and gatherings.