From Bloomberg’s “Apple Judge ‘Inclined’ to Unblock Epic’s Unreal Engine But Not Fortnite” posted Monday:
The judge hearing Apple Inc.’s fight with Epic Games Inc.said she’s “inclined” not to order the iPhone maker to immediately reinstate the Fortnite app as the companies faced off in their first courtroom showdown.
But U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said during a hearing Monday that the dispute over Apple’s App Store isn’t a “slam dunk” for either side. She was sympathetic to the game developer’s argument that Apple retaliated against it by threatening to cut off Epic’s graphics technology, known as Unreal Engine, a suite of software used by millions of developers to build 3-D games and other products…
[T]he judge also said Apple’s decision to block access to the Unreal Engine “does to me look retaliatory.”
The bigger issue in the case is whether Apple’s control over its App Store amounts to a monopoly. Apple isn’t alone in taking a commission. Rogers noted that Epic takes a 12% cut from third-party game developers in its store that offers computer games.
“The definition of the market will be an interesting and complicated issue.“ Rogers said. “The battle here will not be won or lost on a temporary restraining order” or a preliminary injunction, she said.
My take: The Unreal Engine is the real deal. Just ask the creators of the Mandalorian, Westworld and Game of Thrones, to name a few.