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Apple Attempts to Take Its Toys Away and Effectively Ban Fortnite From iOS and macOS

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According to an announcement via the Epic Games Newsroom Twitter account, Apple will terminate all of Epic’s developer accounts and cut the company off from iOS and Mac development tools, effective Friday August 28, 2020. In response, Epic has updated its court filing against Apple. Epic is calling this latest move by Apple “retaliation.”

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Epic Games is now requesting a temporary restraining order against Apple to prevent it from “removing, de-listing, refusing to list or otherwise making unavailable the app Fortnite, including any update thereof, from the App Store on the basis that Fortnite offers in-app payment processing through means other than Apple’s In-App Purchase.”

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The update also seeks to prevent Apple from “removing, disabling or modifying Fortnite” from any iOS user’s device, as well as “restraining Apple from taking any adverse action against Epic, including but not limited to restricting, suspending, or terminating any Epic entity from Apple’s Developer Program.”

Epic also said that Apple is removing its access to all software development tools, including the Unreal Engine software Epic offers to third-party developers. Epic claims that its Unreal Engine app never violated any Apple policy, and that Apple never told Epic if it did. “Apple is attacking Epic’s entire business in unrelated areas,” said the company in its latest lawsuit filing against Apple.

Under normal circumstances, when an app is out of compliance with the App Store guidelines, it is removed and only reinstated when the developers remove or add certain features that Apple deems appropriate. For example, several months ago Shadow, a cloud gaming app that provides users with a full, virtual PC, was removed from the App Store for violating one of its policies. The company did not specify what policy, but was reinstated not too long after it removed the Quick Launch feature from its iOS app. When Gizmodo originally reached out for comment, Shadow did not comment on what App Store guideline its Quick Launch feature violated.

There appears to be no reason for Apple to remove from macOS in addition to iOS, not to mention Unreal Engine, as well as cut the company off from development tools.

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Gizmodo has reached out to Epic Games and Apple for comment, but has only received a comment from Apple so far. An Apple spokesperson pointed to the statement it issued last week:

“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. 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.

“Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem – including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”

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We will update this article should Apple respond with an updated comment and/or should Epic issue a response.

Last week, both Apple and Google removed Fornite from its respective app stores for violating policies related to in-app purchases. Both Apple and Google require all in-app purchases to be made through its own payment system, not directly to the developer, allowing both companies to collect a 30% commission on all purchases. Epic had apparently calculated this move because right after Apple removed Fortnite from its store, the company announced it was filing a lawsuit against Apple—and already had the court filing, plus a flashy video ready to go.

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Epic is now not only challenging Apple’s “exorbitant” 30% commission fee, but it’s also challenging what Epic perspectives as retaliation for filing a lawsuit against Apple in the first place.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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