For those who are unaware of the situation, last week, Epic Games launched a new direct payment system on Fortnite. Since it violates the app store’s policies, both Apple and Google removed Fortnite from the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. However, Apple went one step ahead and threatened to kick Epic Games off its platform within two weeks.
In response to this situation, the American tech giant Microsoft showed its support for Epic Games via a tweet. In his tweet, the current executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft Mr. Phil Spencer said that they had filed a statement in support of Epic’s request to keep access to the Apple SDK for its Unreal Engine.
Moreover, Kevin Gammill, Microsoft General Manager, Gaming Developer Experiences, also said,
“Denying Epic access to Apple SDK and other development tools will prevent Epic from supporting Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS. It will place Unreal Engine and those game creators that have built, are building, and may build games on it at a substantial disadvantage.”
He further added that if the ban from Apple will stay forever, then gamers would have to use different game engines for different platforms. Additionally, Microsoft would be required to choose between leaving behind its customers and potential customers on the iOS and macOS platforms. Or they would have to choose a different game engine while preparing to develop new games.
However, Apple has already stated that Epic created this situation, and it can be easily solved if they remove its new direct payment system from Fortnite.