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In just a couple of days from now, NVIDIA will kick off the Ampere era in the consumer sector with the first of its recently introduced GeForce RTX 30 series, the GeForce RTX 3080 ($699), followed by the GeForce RTX 3090 on September 24 ($1,499) and GeForce RTX 3070 on October 15 ($499). I can't imagine the motivating factor in purchasing these cards is to push more frames in Fortnite, as its cartoon style graphics is not all that demanding. However, the popular battle royale is gaining some RTX goodies this week as well. We knew this was coming, because NVIDIA revealed as much during its GeForce RTX 30 series announcement. But now we know exactly when, along with a few other details. So enough... Read more...
Tim Sweeney is not one to mince words, and if he has a strong opinion on something, he will let it be known. That includes speaking out against big companies and their practices. Microsoft has mostly caught his verbal wrath, though more recently, Sweeney has turned his attention to Apple and Google, saying they exploit Epic Games and other developers, and must be stopped. His comments are rooted in the current dispute between Epic Games and both Apple and Google, over their respective app stores and the royalties associated with them. The dispute with Apple has dominated the headlines, as the two spar in court. It started when Epic Games suddenly decided to update Fortnite so that players could... Read more...
Fortnite fans can now experience the biggest Marvel takeover yet. Fortnite Update v14.10 has added Iron Man’s Stark Industries to the map and also features even more superpowers, weapons, and a special take on Operation: Knockout. Players will now be able to explore Stark Industries. The building is hiding collectable loot as well as a “Hero (or Villain).” Stark Industries is the biggest Marvel addition so far and can be found in the northeast corner of the map. The update also features several new superpowers. Thor’s Mjolnir Strike allows players to use Thor’s iconic hammer to attack an targeted location. Players can blast fire at opponents and launch into... Read more...
On this update to Days of Our Lives the Epic Games versus Apple saga, logins for Epic Games users are going to look a little different. Starting on September 11, 2020, users will not be able to sign into their Epic Games account using an Apple account. Back in 2019, Apple required developers to use Apple sign-in if they also offered third-party sign-ins. This was Apple’s way of keeping the system alive at the time, and Epic had to adhere to that policy. Now that Epic have largely been abolished from the App Store, things are changing.  According to a tweet from the Fortnite creator, Apple is no longer allowing users to sign into Epic Games accounts on September 11. Now who is... Read more...
Just a few days ago, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney likened Apple's power to banish apps from its App Store to a "death sentence" for the product in question, a notable description considering Fortnite was recently given the boot. While perhaps the banishment does not sound the death knell for Epic Games or Fortnite, the developer is projected to lose a lot money from Apple's decision—nearly $27 million each month. Fortnite is free to play, but rakes in a ridiculous amount of revenue through in-game purchases on cosmetics and other items. Players can optionally buy in-game currency called V-Bucks using real-world currency. Regular pricing for Fortnite's in-game currency ranges from... Read more...
"Epic" might be the best word to describe what's sure to be a prolonged, dramatic court battle between gaming heavyweight Epic Games and iOS App Store walled garden builder Apple. By now you're familiar with the somewhat sneaky direct payment method Epic hid from Apple inside the iOS version of Fortnite during the review process. Following Apple's subsequent removal of Fortnite from the app store and ultimately a termination of Epic's developer contract, the developer has struck back. Epic has asked the U.S. District Court of Northern to step in and force Apple to roll back what the Unreal creator calls "Apple's retaliation" to prop up its iOS App Store monopoly. The developer's filing states... Read more...
Are you a Fortnite fan, but are sick and tired of hearing about Epic Games' battle with Apple? Well, we've got some news that might be right your alley in the wake of NVIDIA's big GeForce RTX 30 Series (Ampere) announcement.  NVIDIA and Epic announced today that Fortnite will be adding support for three technologies: NVIDIA Reflex, DLSS, and real-time ray tracing. As we discussed in our broad Ampere overview earlier today, NVIDIA Reflex makes better use of available CPU and GPU resources to reduce latency (i.e. input lag) by as much as 50 percent. DLSS and real-time ray tracing are already known quantities for those familiar with Turing-based GeForce RTX cards. DLSS makes... Read more...
If Apple went nuclear several days back, they have now gone thermonuclear by terminating a developer account owned by Epic Games. Apple claims it is not included in the legal ruling amid the court battle, but this just kicks things up a notch. Earlier in August, Apple gave Fortnite the boot when Epic Games implemented a way of paying for Fortnite items without going through the Apple payment ecosystem. When it originally happened, Apple said that “Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”... Read more...
Epic Games is gambling that it will win its lawsuit against Apple over a tweak to in-game payments in Fortnite, which enables players to make direct payments, allowing the developer to effectively bypass sharing a 30 percent cut with Apple. Maybe it will, probably it won't. It is also trying to win in the court of public opinion, by sending emails to Fortnite players on iOS who will not receive the latest update. Before we get to the emailed text, let's quickly recap. The Cliff Notes version is, Apple collects a 30 percent royalty on sales from apps in its App Store, including in-game purchases. Epic Games agreed to this when it put Fortnite in the App Store. Then earlier this month, Epic Games... Read more...
Under the cloud of madness that is Apple v. Epic Games, Unity Software is stepping up to go public sometime soon according to an SEC filing. The game engine and development software company is one of the largest out there with a self-reported 1.5 million active monthly creators and 3 billion Unity-based software downloads. Thanks to partnerships with a variety of companies, such as Google, it does not come as a huge surprise that Unity is going public.  Also, according to calculations by Bloomberg, Unity is reporting 40 percent revenue growth this year.  In its filing, Unity has a valuation in the initial public offering of $100 million and 1.5 million active monthly users.  According... Read more...
You win some, you lose some, and that is the way it just went with Apple and Epic Games over their public feud regarding Fortnite, Unreal Engine, the App Store, and in-app payments. In a lawsuit filed against Apple, developer Epic Games won a temporary restraining order effectively preventing Apple from banning it outright, so that it can maintain development tools like Unreal Engine. "Apple, are temporarily restrained from taking adverse action against Epic Games with respect to restricting, suspending, or terminating any affiliate of Epic Games, such as Epic International, from Apple's Developer Program, including as to Unreal Engine, on the basis that Epic Games enabled in-app payment processing... Read more...
Microsoft has chosen a side in the tiff between Epic Games and Apple, sparked by the latter's banishment of the former's immensely popular Fortnite game from the App Store over a dispute involving in-game payments. In a court filing, Microsoft's general manager of gaming developer experiences, Kevin Gammill, said Apple's decision will ultimate "harm game creators and gamers." That's because Epic Games develops and maintains the Unreal Engine, which is "one of the most popular third-party game engines" out there. It is Microsoft's view that there are just not many options outside of the Unreal Engine that offer the same balance of features, functionality, and cross-platform support, including... Read more...
It has now been a little over a week since Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google, and the former has since responded with its own legal filing this past week. Is this legal battle merely a dog fight between two large corporations? The dispute between Epic Games, Apple and Google could potentially permanently impact the nature of app stores. These consequences will hopefully overall benefit the consumer. Epic Games introduced its Epic Direct Payment system for mobile users last week. Epic Games allowed users to purchase V-Bucks and other items through Epic Direct Payment instead of the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This system would help consumers benefit from Epic Games’... Read more...
Epic Games have been awfully busy this week with its spat against Apple. Now, the company is teasing a new season of Fortnite with a new Marvel theme. Given how popular Marvel movies have been over the past decade and the frequent collaborations with Fortnite, this revelation isn't too much of a surprise. On August 27, 2020, it appears Chapter 2 Season 4 is going to drop. In a teaser posted on the Fortnite Twitter, a Fortnite logo appears decorated in a Marvel-esque way. Given that there is also a Marvel logo in the teaser, one can only guess what is to come. 🔨⚡🌈 pic.twitter.com/0U7fFnrTsW— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 21, 2020 In the past, Fortnite has teamed up with Marvel for some... Read more...
Epic Games is turning lemons into lemonade bad apples into delicious apple sauce with a Fortnite tournament and some sweet prizes up for grabs. As in, you could win a high powered gaming laptop or a swank console, along with other desirable gear. The whole thing flies in the face of Apple's decision to ban Fortnite from the App Store. In case you missed the drama over the last week-ish, let's get you up to speed. Epic Games released an update for Fortnite that introduced its own in-game payment system, thereby sidestepping Apple's royalty rate. Same goes for Google Play. This did not sit well with either Apple or Google, and both kicked Fortnite from their respective app stores, which in turn... Read more...
The Hitman series from IO Interactive is chock full of stealthy stabbings, shootings, and stalking to take down targets around the world. Now, the new Hitman III is taking you to historical Dartmoor, England as an Epic Games Store exclusive for PC.  In this second mission of the murderous series, Agent 47 is dropped into Dartmoor, England at the Thornbridge Manor. According to IO Interactive (IOI), Dartmoor “has a reputation for myths, legends and mysteries – and Thornbridge Manor lives up to that!” Aside from the standard assassin role Agent 47 takes, Hitman III brings in a detective element to take advantage of the mystery. Combining the two elements, Agent 47 “take[s]... Read more...
Epic Games be “taking one for the team” by standing up to Apple’s App Store policies, which it has deemed anticompetitive. Epic says that it isn’t seeking money in its lawsuits against Apple (and to a lesser extent, Google), but it is instead seeking a new fee structure for app developers that doesn’t result in a 30 percent cut for Apple. Epic’s revolt against Apple has resulted in Fortnite being removed from the App Store, but there’s still a way for you to reinstall the game… with one big caveat attached. First of all, it should be noted that when Apple kicks an app or game out of the App Store, it’s not actually... Read more...
There are many layers to the onion that represents the fractured relationship between Apple and Epic Games. Sure, Epic has problems with Google as well, but Apple seems to be the primary target of its venom over the past week. The most recent shots were fired yesterday, when Epic announced that Apple had given it until August 28th to comply with App Store guidelines or have its developer accounts and access to iOS/macOS development tools revoked. Now, Apple is giving a bit more clarity to its reasoning behind its drastic actions and what it thinks of Epic's decision to disregard its App Store policies in a very public way. In short, Apple isn't planning on changing anything... Read more...
The bitter war between Apple and Epic Games has just entered a new phase. Epic has just revealed that Apple has given the company an ultimatum, which boils down to "get Fortnite in compliance" or face our ultimate wrath. In this case, Epic claims that if Fortnite doesn't shape up by August 28th, Apple will terminate all of its developers accounts and revoke access to both iOS and Mac development tools. Without access to the Apple Developer Program, Epic will no longer be able to distribute games through the iOS App Store or Mac App Store Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic that on Friday, August 28 Apple will terminate all our developer accounts... Read more...
It has been a crazy week for Epic Games, to say the least. Fortnite was removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store after Epic Games introduced a new mobile payment system. Epic Games has created a different way to play Fortnite on Android devices, and the game is still available through NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW. Here is how you can access Fortnite on your Android device.  Android users will first need to go to this link and scan the QR code with their device. Players will then be redirected to a website where they can download the game. Here are the steps players will need to take once they have been redirected: Click on “Get it on the Epic Games App.”... Read more...
Both Apple and Google have been catching flak from various entities over policies the companies have instituted in their respective app stores. Many developers that have apps listed in Apple's App Store or Google Play have voiced concern over the significant commissions that must be paid. Apple takes between 15% and 30%, for example, for most app subscriptions and payments made inside apps. After a strategic move that saw Epic file suit against Apple this past week, Facebook has now come out and taken a firm stance against Apple as well. Facebook announced this week that Apple had declined a request to waive a 30% commission fee for a new app feature it's readying to help small businesses. The... Read more...
Epic Games is having a a rather eventful week. It recently launched an update for the iPhone and Android versions of its incredibly popular game, Fortnite, which resulted in the game getting booted from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The update that caused the axe to drop on Fortnite enabled a feature allowing users to pay Epic directly for in-app purchases instead of paying through the conventional systems on both platforms. Epic has filed suit against Google alleging violations of the Sherman Act, claiming that Google has an unlawful monopoly and is engaging in anti-competitive restraints in two markets. The two markets named in the lawsuit are for distributing mobile apps to Android... Read more...
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