Apple bars Fortnite back on iOS until ‘Epic vs Apple’ verdict is final: Report

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San Francisco, Sep 23 | Tech giant Apple has told Epic Games that it will not allow Fortnite back onto the iOS or macOS App Stores until the outcome of the lawsuit between the two is finalised.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney shared communications between the two sides, in which Apple said it won’t consider reinstating Epic’s developer programme account “until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable”.

Apple yanked Fortnite from the iOS App Store in August last year after Epic added an alternative payment method to bypass the 30 per cent cut that Apple takes from in-app purchases, Engadget reported on Wednesday.

Epic swiftly filed a lawsuit against Apple over App Store policies (it sued Google around the same time for similar reasons). The Apple case went to trial in May.

Earlier this month, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in Apple’s favour on most counts, but there was one win for Epic.

The judge issued a permanent injunction instructing Apple to let App Store developers direct users to alternative payment systems, the report said.

Epic appealed the ruling, and Apple has yet to decide whether to do so. The injunction is set to take effect on December 9, it added.

Given how long it can take to resolve appeals through the various levels of the court system, Sweeney said it could take five years until the case is truly over and Fortnite is back on the App Store.

He also accused Apple of going back on its word.

Apple has said that “we would welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else”.

On Twitter, Sweeney shared an email he sent to App Store head Phil Schiller on last Thursday, stating that Epic would abide by those rules.

“Though we can’t update the Fortnite version that users still have on their iOS devices, we’ve disabled Epic payments server-side and have paid Apple $6 million as ordered by the court,” Sweeney wrote in the email.

“Epic promises that it will adhere to Apple’s guidelines whenever and wherever we release products on Apple platforms,” he added.

He mentioned that Epic would restore Fortnite on Mac as soon as possible if Apple restored the developer account.

Source: IANS

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Share Market Closing Bell: Nifty ends below 16,100, Sensex falls 303 pts

Dalal Street found no relief with incessant sell off during the month. Nifty traded on a bearish note and ended at 16025.80 with loss of 99.35 points or 0.62 percent following weak global cues on Wednesday. While Banknifty closed at 34339.50 on the higher side with marginal gain of 49.35 points.

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The weakness in US stocks is playing out globally with signs of higher inflation, which has spoiled investors’ appetite for the Indian market as well. Rising India VIX to 25.28 has led Indices to big intraday swings on both sides. Sectorally maximum sectors closed on the negative side as Nifty IT and Nifty Media sheds more than 3 percent each. While Nifty Financial Services ended on a positive side gaining 0.68 percent.

In nifty stocks, NTPC, HDFCLIFE, SBILIFE were the top gainers while ASIANPAINT, ADANIPORT and TECHM were the prime laggards. Coming to the OI Data, on the call side highest OI witnessed at 16200 followed by 16300 strike price while on the put side, the highest OI was at 15800 strike price. Technically, Nifty has formed three black crow patterns in the daily chart suggesting bearishness would remain intact. We expect a rise in volatility as well on monthly expiry day.

Riding against the trend may not be beneficial for short term traders. All major moving averages are lying above 16300 levels. Indicators such as MACD and RSI are still struggling to overcome the oversold zone in the daily time frame. Overall, Nifty is having support at 15800 mark while on the upside 16300 may act as an immediate resistance for monthly expiry. While Banknifty has support around 33500 while resistance is placed at 35200 on the daily chart.

Om Mehra
Research Associate
Choice Broking

Source: Choice India

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