Microsoft Warns that The Fuss Regarding Fortnite Will Affect The Entire Gaming Industry

The legendary battle-royale game Fortnite was recently banned from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. The developer Epic Games was violating some payment rules of at least one of the two online stores. A move like this cannot possibly go overlooked, as Fortnite is an important title in the game industry, counting over 350 million players worldwide.

Apple even threatens to revoke the developer account of Epic Games Inc., but Microsoft protests against this intention.

No more Unreal Engine?

Epic argued that if Apple blocks its developer account, that would stop other game developers from using the popular Unreal Engine. Kevin Gammill, who is Microsoft’s MSFT, declared:

“If Unreal Engine cannot support games for iOS or macOS, Microsoft would be required to choose between abandoning its customers and potential customers on the iOS and macOS platforms or choosing a different game engine when preparing to develop new games,”

He further added:

“Apple’s discontinuation of Epic’s ability to develop and support Unreal Engine for iOS or macOS will harm game creators and gamers.”

Fortnite is pretty much the same game on all platforms. Besides the Android and iOS version, the title also runs on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and the Classic Mac OS.

If you’re still not determined to give Fortnite a try, the official description can surely convince you of something:

“Fortnite Battle Royale is the 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite. One giant map. A battle bus. Fortnite building skills and destructible environments combined with intense PvP combat. The last one standing wins.”

The upcoming arrival of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to the market by the end of the year is imminent. Furthermore, both gaming gears offer backward compatibility for previous consoles, which means that we can expect Fortnite to be running on the next-generation consoles as well.

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