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  • District Court grants restraining order against Apple
  • Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War removes Tiananmen Square riot footage from trailer
  • Unity powers more than 50% of top 1000 PC/mobile/console games, according to S-1
  • The Story of the LEC x theScore esports video out
  • Street Fighter V tournament commentators spam fart noises during final match

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District Court grants restraining order against Apple

In the first ruling of the Epic vs. Apple legal battle, the Northern California District Court noted that Epic’s woes with respect to its games – aka Fortnite – are self-inflicted and Apple does not need to reinstate Fortnite. Why, you ask? Because for the time being, Epic can simply follow comply with Apple’s rules and remove the alternative payment methods from the game to make it available again. 

However, the story changes when the court considers the Unreal Engine and its related software tools:

Epic Games and Apple are at liberty to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not create havoc to bystanders. Certainly, during the period of a
temporary restraining order, the status quo in this regard should be maintained.

-Northern California District Court

In the end, the court granted a restraining order against Apple, preventing the company from “taking adverse action against Epic Games with respect to restricting, suspending, or terminating any affiliate of Epic Games…from Apple’s Developer Program”.


Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War removes Tiananmen Square riot footage from trailer

After China blocked a trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War due to about a second’s worth of scenes showing riots from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Activision Blizzard has re-upped a new, shorter trailer that conveniently removes the scenes in question.

Coincidence? Maybe, until you take note that the older trailer is no longer available.


Unity powers more than 50% of top 1000 PC/mobile/console games, according to S-1

A few days ago Unity filed a Form S-1 in anticipation of their IPO [initial public offering]. Normally, S-1s are filled with juicy details on how a company plans to use funds, provide a balance sheet and disclose competition and anything else that might have an adverse effect on the business, and Unity’s is no different.

But the juiciest tidbit is just how much of a hold Unity has on game development: the company estimated that 53% of the top 1000 mobile (ios + Android) games and over 50% of the top 1000 PC/console/mobile games were created in Unity. That’s pretty insane.

Source: The Verge


The Story of the LEC x theScore esports video out

“This is the LEC, and this is their story.” If you have any interest in the League of Legends broadcast (whether you’re from NA or EU), this video is a fantastic introduction to the history behind the LEC (League of Legends European Championship, basically the game’s Euro Pro League) and its diverse and wacky cast of characters involved in its production.


Street Fighter V tournament commentators spam fart noises during final match

Round 1…Fart! While I would never consider a Reddit community-led tournament to be a beacon of professionalism, commentators in yesterday’s finals match (Dee Ancer vs. FGC Jesus) may have crossed a line by constantly playing fake fart noises during the broadcast.

Tournament organizer Joe Munday later apologized on Twitter.

Source: Kotaku

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7 months ago

[…] could say this action was completely preventable by Epic, since the recent court ruling recommended that the company comply with App Store policies and remove the code that allowed players to bypass the App store and pay Epic directly (and get a […]