Apple Inc.’s threat to cancel Epic Games Inc.’s developer account would have detrimental effects to the videogame industry, Microsoft Corp. filed in a courtroom on Sunday.
New filing by Epic comes amid stressful performance with Apple AAPL,
, Which has removed the mega-popular “Fortnite” -like Epic videogame from its App Store over violations of its payment rules.
Kevin Gamill, Microsoft’s MSFT,
The general manager for gaming developer Experience, agreed in a statement of support, that the ban by Apple would put developers using unrealistic engines “at considerable disadvantage,” as “there are very few other options available.”
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“If Unreal Engine cannot support games for iOS or macOS, then Microsoft needs to choose between leaving its customers and potential customers on iOS and macOS platforms or choosing a different game engine to develop new games Will be needed, ”Gamil said. “Epic’s ability to develop and support Unreal Engine for iOS and MacOS will harm game creators and gamers.”
Apple has said that it will reinstate “Fortnite” and leave Epic’s developer account alone if the company reverses course and follows the App Store’s payment rules. In a filing Friday, Epic described the impact of a “self-inflicted” wound on Epic, and alleged that it “knowingly breached its contract after years of taking advantage of everything for Apple’s App Store.”