Game journalism Twitter (yes, that’s one thing) is having an absolute day with the ongoing Epic V Apple trial broadcast to anyone who wants to listen. All you have to do is dial in. This is basically our version of The Bachelorette, full of twists and turns, betrayal, and leaked emails. It’s a wild ride.
In case you’re wondering what exactly the trial is about, it all boils down to Apple being a monopoly on iOS – unlike PC, which has Steam, the Epic Game Store, and itch.io (to name a few ). Developers don’t have a choice between platforms to publish their game.
One of Apple’s opening speech shows that most stores charge 30%.
Additionally, Apple charges all developers a 30% commission for which they have no choice but to pay. That 30% seems standard across the board for this type of business – which is actually one of Apple’s main lines of defense – but Epic wasn’t okay with paying it.
Epic tried to bypass the commission by allowing players on the Freemium iOS version of Fortnite to send their money directly to Epic. Apple (and Google Play, but this is a completely different ball game) responded by removing the game from service.
(There’s been a lot to read so far. Here’s YouTuber Leviathan’s Fortnite parody of American Boy to purify your taste buds. Enjoy having this on your mind for the next week.)
Now we are on day two (at the time of writing) of the lawsuit and it’s as silly as you might expect. Video game leaks, embarrassing emails, and CEOs are asked if they know what a PlayStation is.
We’ll post all the juiciest information here as the test continues, and you can just soak it up:
- When asked to describe how to put a Switch together, Tim Sweeney, Epic’s CEO, said, “You can see I’m not a Switch gamer,” to which the judge replied, “Now the whole world knows.” (Source: Rebekah Valentine)
- Even after Epic Games demonstrated Fortnite on a Mac at WWDC 2015, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook didn’t know who Tim Sweeney was – and had to ask his team (source: Tom Warren).
- Epic apparently sees itself as the “coolest game developer in the world” (Source: Adi Robertson)
- Several Fortnite skins have been leaked, including Ariana Grande, Naruto, The Rock, John McClane (Die Hard), and Samus Aran – although it’s not clear how many of them were scrapped
- Fortnite’s in-game concerts seem to be successful and bring a lot of new users with them – all part of Epic’s “Metaverse” of course (Source: Adi Robertson)
- Apparently someone at Epic isn’t afraid to passively-aggressively threaten Sony in order to get Fortnite cross-play on PlayStation (Source: Tom Warren)
- Tim Sweeney believes non-crossplay at Fortnite will tear children’s friendships apart (Source: Adi Robertson)
- Tim Sweeney ALSO doesn’t own a PlayStation – and the judge doesn’t even consider herself a player! (Source: Tom Warren)
- Tim Sweeney defines a game as “some kind of win or loss”. Hmm, we agree, Tim (Source: Adi Robertson)
- Eurogamer was mentioned in the lawsuit … which means we could be famous too if we had played our cards right (Source: Tom Warren)
That’s it for today, but we’ll update this article as the lawsuit continues.