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Apple and the maker of 'Fortnite' are facing off in an epic legal battle. Here's what the companies are fighting about and what to expect in the courtroom.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, right. Apple/Rachel Luna/Stringer "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is suing Apple, and the court proceedings start this week in California. Epic says Apple's App Store is a monopoly. Apple says Epic broke its developer contract. As a result of the legal spat, "Fortnite" was kicked off Apple's iPhone and iPad last year. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" are going to battle in...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Gaming, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, California, Trends, Smartphones, Epic, Tim Cook

Read the 2 a.m. declaration of war Apple CEO Tim Cook got from the billionaire CEO behind 'Fortnite' before the companies head to court this week

Apple CEO Tim Cook in Austin, Texas, on November 20, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images The upcoming legal battle between Apple and the maker of "Fortnite" was sparked by a 2 a.m. email. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sent a 2 a.m. email on August 13 to Apple CEO Tim Cook and other execs. "Epic will no longer adhere to Apple's payment processing restrictions," Sweeney said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are going to court...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gaming, Cook, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store, Epic Games, Apple App Store, Unreal Engine, Sweeney

'Fortnite' maker Epic Games is getting help from another deep-pocketed tech giant in its ongoing legal fight with Apple: Facebook is joining the fray

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right. AP; Francois Mori/AP Facebook is throwing its support behind "Fortnite" maker Epic Games in its ongoing legal spat with Apple, the company announced this week. "Facebook is committed to providing relevant information in the Epic Games litigation regarding how Apple's policies have adversely impacted Facebook and the people and businesses who use our services," Facebook said. On August 13, the wildly popular game "Fortnite" ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Lawsuit, Video Games, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Ap, Epic, Tim Cook, Lawsuits, App Store

Fortnite Goes Against Apple And Google And Their 30% Tax On App Purchases

Last Thursday, Epic Games, creator of the hit game Fortnite, announced a discount for the purchase of V-Bucks — its in-game currency. For iPhone and Android smartphone users, you had to purchase the V-Bucks through its own payment portal instead of Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store to get the discount. Both Apple and […]
Tags: Apple, Google, Technology, Law, Tax Law, Fortnite, V Bucks, Steven Chung, Fortnite Goes Against Apple

Epic Games sues Apple, antitrust lawsuit says App Store is a monopoly

Epic Games has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple that argues the App Store is a monopoly. Epic is asking for no damages -— that's, no money — but instead, injunctive relief that would force Cupertino to "allow fair competition." In the lawsuit, Epic claims that Google forced OnePlus to break off a deal in which a special Fortnite launcher would come preinstalled on OnePlus phones, reports Jay Peters at The Verge. [via Techmeme]
Tags: Apple, Google, Post, Business, Games, Technology, News, Video Games, Law, Tech News, Lawsuits, Antitrust, Cupertino, Fortnite, TechMeme, Jay Peters

Videogame Can Replicate Musician’s “Signature Move” (Unless It’s a False Endorsement, Which It Isn’t)–Pellegrino v. Epic Games

Pellegrino is a saxophone player with “externally rotatable feet,” which has helped him develop a nifty “signature” dance move while playing. The videogame Fortnite sells “emotes,” optional customizations for players’ digital avatars. Pellegrino alleges that the “Phone It In” emote depicts his signature dance move. Pellegrino sued Fortnite for a variety of claims. The court dismisses all of them, with prejudice, except for the false endorsement claim (which will fail later). Publicity/Privacy R...
Tags: Law, Copyright, Epic, Trademark, Epic Games, Pellegrino, Publicity/Privacy Rights, Epic Games Inc, Dastar, Fortnite, Signature Move

Fortnite has reached The End – changing video game storytelling for good

Season 10 of Fortnite climaxed in apocalyptic fashion – sucking gamers into a black hole. Whatever the future brings, it has transformed video-game storytellingOn Sunday evening, more than 6 million people gathered online via streaming services such as Twitch and YouTube to watch the end of the world. Not our world, thankfully, but the world of Fortnite, which was sucked into a black hole, taking the whole game and all player characters with it. If you try to load Fortnite today, you’ll be prese...
Tags: Games, Xbox One, Society, Pc, Playstation, Culture, Epic, Playstation 4, Game culture, Young People, MMORPG, Fortnite, Action Games, Nintendo Switch

Fortnite player’s “anxiety and anguish” were not enough to support a lawsuit against game developer over data vulnerability

Plaintiff – one of the millions of people who have played Fortnite – sued Fortnite developer Epic Games based on a data vulnerability in the Fortnite platform and an apparent hacking incident that took place in 2018. After the case was moved from state court in Illinois to federal court there, and then to federal court in North Carolina, defendant moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim. This young man is feeling anxiety and anguish. He probably would not have standing in a data ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, North Carolina, Illinois, Evan, Evan Brown, Epic Games Inc, Fortnite, Krohm

Apex Legends: a parents' guide to the 'new Fortnite'

The battle royale team game has won millions of players within weeks. How violent is it? What’s the age limit? And what does it cost? We answer your questionsSurprise-released in February, Apex Legends has taken the world of online gaming by storm, attracting more than 50 million players within a month. But what is it about this Fortnite-style battle royale blaster that has made it such a huge success, and should parents be concerned?Here’s everything you need to know. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Games, Technology, Xbox One, Life and style, Society, Pc, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Playstation 4, Game culture, Parents and parenting, Young People, Fighting Games, Fortnite

Dance With The One That Brought You: Fortnite Seeks To Sashay Around Copyright Claim

Epic invokes California’s anti-SLAPP statute to argue that its theft of 2 Milly’s dance was 'free speech.'
Tags: Law, California, Copyright, Dancing, Intellectual Property, Epic Games, Milly Rock, Fortnite, 2 Milly, Scott Alan Burroughs, Anti-slapp

Carlton and floss dances removed from Forza Horizon after Fortnite copyright claims

Playground Games drops ‘Carlton and Floss’ emotes from driving game as Epic faces fourth lawsuit for alleged Fortnite copyright infringementTwo dance moves that are the subject of lawsuits in the US have been removed from the driving game Forza Horizon 4.The moves were among a series of dance “emotes” included in the latest instalment of the Forza Horizon series, after the huge popularity of similar dances in Fortnite. Continue reading...
Tags: Games, Law, Xbox One, US, Culture, Xbox, Carlton, Forza Horizon, Fortnite

Petitions to parliament in 2018 include Danny Dyer peerage request

Rejected petitions reveal interests from Brexit and Syria to veganism and dog welfareWhite chocolate Creme Eggs, a ban on the computer game Fortnite and a peerage for Danny Dyer were among the desires expressed in thousands of rejected petitions to parliament in 2018, revealing a unique picture of a nation’s thwarted desires.As well as Brexit, which was the single most frequent issue raised, topics on the nation’s mind included plastic pollution, war in Syria, dog welfare, vegan diets and bad la...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, Syria, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Wembley, Universal credit, Brexit, Danny Dyer, Fortnite

Can you really sue Fortnite for 'stealing' your dance moves?

The creator of the year’s biggest game is facing a slew of lawsuits over its alleged use of famous dance moves. But will courts tap to the same tune?Imagine it is 2014 and you are the rapper 2 Milly. You have just created a new dance for your music video Milly Rock, and it has proved wildly popular. Four years later, an extremely similar dance crops up in a globally successful video game with more than 200 million players. What do you do? What can you do?The answer, of course, is sue. And that’s...
Tags: Games, Music, Television, Disco, Law, World news, US news, Dance, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Television & radio, Stage, Dance music, Milly, Milly Rock

Carlton Sues Over Carlton Dance

It's not unusual to win this kind of lawsuit.
Tags: Law, Copyright, Courts, Intellectual Property, Fortnite, Carlton Sues Over Carlton Dance

“Backpack Kid” Suing Fortnite Over A Dance Too

Seems every “celebrity” wants a piece out of Fortnite now, as Alfonso Ribeiro is no longer the only individual suing Epic Games as the so-called “Backpack Kid” is now suing over the battle royale stealing his “floss” dance. 16-year-old Russell Horning (who has also been given the nickname “Backpack Kid”) revealed that it was not […]
Tags: Games, Crime, Law, Dancing, Courts, Anime, Litigation, Epic Games, Alfonso Ribeiro, Fortnite, Russell Horning

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Over Fortnite Dance

Alfonso Ribeiro (known for portraying beloved character Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is suing Fortnite developer Epic Games over the use of his iconic televised dance. The newly filed lawsuit involves the “Fresh” emote added to Fortnite on the 2nd of January, 2018 that the celebrity claims uses an exact copy of the […]
Tags: Games, Celebrities, Law, Courts, Anime, Litigation, Epic Games, Alfonso Ribeiro, Bel Air, Carlton Banks, Fortnite

YouTuber Sued For Cheating In Fortnite

A popular YouTube gamer is being sued by Epic Games for cheating in Fortnite, as well as distributing cheats. YouTube “star” Golden Modz (real name: Brandon Lucas), whose videos largely seem to consist of making young children cry by cheating in online games, is being sued for promoting and distributing cheating software for Fortnite. According […]
Tags: Games, Law, Youtube, Cheating, Hacking, Hackers, Anime, Mods, Epic Games, Fortnite, Golden Modz, Brandon Lucas

PUBG drops Fortnite game lawsuit without explanation

Maker of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds withdraws copyright lawsuit against Fortnite creator Epic Games, barely weeks after it was revealedA lawsuit against the creator of hit online game Fortnite has been quietly dropped, according to Bloomberg. In May, it was reported that PUBG Corp, the company behind successful PC title PlayerUnknown’s Battleground had filed a lawsuit in South Korea against Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite. The suit alleged that Epic had copied ideas from PUBG Corp’s gam...
Tags: South Korea, Games, Technology, Law, Bloomberg, Software, Culture, Computing, Intellectual Property, Shoot 'em Ups, Fortnite, PUBG, PUBG Corp

The truth about gaming disorder, from Fortnite to World of Warcraft

As the number of young gamers has risen sharply, so have addiction narrativesGaming disorder may be a newly recognised condition, but disordered gaming is anything but new. In 2010, a Korean couple was arrested for fatal child neglect spurred by an obsession with Prius Online. Five years earlier, another Korean man collapsed and died after a 50-hour session playing StarCraft in an internet cafe.In the west, World of Warcraft, released in 2004, was one of the first games to trigger addiction narr...
Tags: Health, Games, Technology, Internet, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Game culture, MMORPG, Fortnite, Prius Online Five

How a 14-year-old Fortnite cheater may rewrite EULA law

A teenager livestreaming a demo of a Fortnite cheat he found online got sued by Epic Games, but the case raises questions about who, if anyone, is legally obligated after he clicked the user agreement required to play the game. (more…)
Tags: Gaming, Post, News, Video Games, Law, Minors, Gamers, Eula, Cheaters, Fortnite

Is It Illegal To Show Others How To Cheat In A Video Game?

Epic Games claims that it is in the company's copyright infringement suit filed against a 14-year-old boy.
Tags: Video Games, Law, Cheating, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Quote Of The Day, Fortnite

Fortnite’s Trademark Filing Royale

Fortnite is a veritable gold mine of potential trademark filings, so it's interesting to see which marks Epic Games is acquiring IP rights on.
Tags: Law, Intellectual Property, Epic Games, Trademarks, Gaston Kroub, Fortnite

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