Apple Can’t Block ‘Fortnite’ Creator From Developer Tools, Judge Rules

Decision keeps Epic Games’ access to update products like its Unreal Engine though the game will remain out of the App Store for now

香蕉视频苹果下载A California federal judge granted the maker of “Fortnite” a partial reprieve in its battle against Apple Inc., saying Epic Games Inc. can maintain access to the tech giant’s software-development tools but that its blockbuster videogame, for now, would remain out of the App Store.

香蕉视频苹果下载U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued the decision late Monday after a virtual court hearing in which attorneys for Epic and Apple defended their companies’ positions. “Apple has chosen to act severely, and by doing so, has impacted non-parties, and a third-party developer ecosystem,” Judge Gonzalez Rogers wrote in her ruling.

A spokesman for Epic declined to comment on the ruling Tuesday.

香蕉视频苹果下载“We thank the court for recognizing that Epic’s problem is entirely self-inflicted and is in their power to resolve,” Apple said in a Tuesday statement. “We look forward to making our case to the court in September.”

Apple planned to revoke Epic’s access to tools needed to distribute and update software across its devices on Friday unless Epic removed the mobile-payment system it introduced in “Fortnite,” which skirted Apple’s 30% commission on in-app purchases.

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