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Fortnite developer Epic Games acquires Rocket League developers

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Epic Games has acquired the game development company, Psyonix, and its famous Rocket League game. This is a major acquisition that could be telling of future consolidation.

Epic Games has been busy with developing Unreal Engine and Fortnite for quite some time. The staff has been reported to be over-worked, but Epic Games may have found another way to expand their gameplay offerings.

Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

Power levels rising! – via Psyonix

Psyonix, the creators of Rocket Leagues, has been bought up by Epic Games.

The company is mainly known for the development of Rocket League. The acquisition could be a major sign of Epic’s plans for the future as they seek to grow beyond Fortnite.

Fortnite has enabled Epic Games to become the forefront creator of video games, but they require additional staff in order expand game development. Building new studios takes time, but acquiring established studio is a much safer venture.

Psyonix put out blog post to explain some of the initial questions that fans might have about the purchase. You can read the entirety of the post on their website.

Psyonix promises that the team will remain the same at the studio level, but with the added power of Epic Games’ backing. Details of this backing are not yet known.

“What happens to the Psyonix team?”

‘We are the same team that we’ve always been, only now, we have the power and experience of Epic Games behind us!’

While we don’t doubt the statement to be currently true, Epic Games will now (presumably) have control over the company’s future. Changes are almost inevitable, no matter what the studio currently says.

“No, really. What does this mean for Rocket League?”

‘In the short term, nothing will change at all! We’re still committed to providing Rocket League with frequent updates that have new features, new content, and new ways to play the game for as long as you’ll have us.

In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.’

As Epic Games moves Rocket League to the Epic Games Store, this might mean that the game will no longer be accessible on other online platforms like Steam.

“What does this mean for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem?”

‘We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources, just like it does for the game itself. We really do believe that you’ll find our future in esports to be very exciting — especially in the near future, where on June 21-23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) finals will end our 7th season with a bang!’

Psyonix must, of course, keep a positive tone within their own acquisition post, but a little context should be added.

Epic Games has been notoriously bad at running Fortnite’s esports features. Their refusal to follow the example of other major esports and their lack of a dedicated competitive ruleset have set Fortnite’s growth back significantly.

With this said, Epic Games may seek to learn from Psyonix’s own example as they have been able to resurrect Rocket League’s esports through careful work.

What does this mean for Epic Games?

Epic Games may be seeking to consolidate the gaming industry – via Epic Games

The acquisition should not affect Fortnite’s development in the slightest. Epic Games will not be moving staff over to Psyonix as the studio already has a full development staff.

Some minor positions may change for possible crossover projects, but the overall structure of both companies will remain the same.

As for the future, this new purchase sheds a little light on Epic’s plans. Not to be melodramatic, but we believe world domination may be on Epic’s minds.

By consolidating large companies into a single entity, Epic would get a piece of everyone’s pie. It’s business practice that has been taking over many other industries in the past two decades.

For example, most of the brands you know and love are actually owned by a single corporate mega structure. While this is great for the business, it often hurts consumers as the quality of service begins to decrease due to little competition.

In many ways, Epic’s parent company, Tencent, has already begun to rapidly take over the industry. They own rights to many of the most well known gaming franchises as well as many movie studios.

An extreme example of this is the news media industry where six companies own almost all US news. You can see why such a phenomenon might be a problem.

It’s a form of legalized monopoly. We will have to see if Epic Games decides to walk down that path or are they simply trying expand their pool of games just a tad?

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Is Fortnite Mobile returning to Apple App Store?

The verdict has been issued for the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit, but what does this mean for the future of Fortnite Mobile on the App Store?

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It’s been over a year since Fortnite Mobile was removed from the Apple App Store, and here’s what we know about its return.

Updated 9/22/2021 – Following an appeal submitted by Epic Games, Apple has confirmed “Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple Ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals.” Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, believes this process could take up to 5 years.

On August 13, 2020, Apple removed Fortnite Mobil removed from the App Store. This was because Epic Games added a third-party payment option which is against Apple TOS.

The direct payment method allowed players to pay Epic Games directly in exchange for V-Bucks. Epic incentivized this method of payment by discounting all purchases made directly to Epic Games.

Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple with claims the App Store is an anti-competitive marketplace. The Court has finally issued the verdict following a lengthy court process. However, what does this mean for the future of Fortnite Mobile?

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Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit verdict

After over a year of legal battle and long wait times, the court has finally issued a verdict in the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit. The court has decided that “Epic Games overreached” and it sided with Apple on almost all accounts.

The court did not find Apple as an “antitrust monopolist in the submarket” for mobile gaming. The verdict states, “The Court finds in favor of Apple on all counts except with respect to violation of California’s Unfair Competition law and only partially with respect to its claim for Declaratory Relief.

However, the Court is forcing Apple to allow direct purchasing methods which is why Fortnite was banned in the first place. A court document reads, “Apple… are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata button, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing.

Due to the loss, Epic Games has to pay Apple 30% of $12+ million in damages. While Epic Games may have lost, mobile game developers won as a whole. Direct Purchasing will allow developers to make more money from microtransactions.

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Is Fortnite Mobile coming back to Apple App Store?

The official Fortnite Twitter announced that it has requested to have its developer account restored by Apple. However, Apple denied this request stating it would only reinstate the account “if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Tim Sweeney, CEO and Founder of Epic Games, doesn’t seem to want to comply. Twitter user imgoldenyt offered a solution that could allow Fortnite to return to iOS. Sweeney responded by saying “I read all of this. I just disagree.”

In a separate tweet, Sweeney claims that the ruling is not a win for developers or consumers. He goes on to state that “Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment.”

However, on September 22, 2021, Tim Sweeney sent an email to Apple stating that Epic Games would remove its direct payment method. The email once again requested Epic’s developer account to be reinstated.

This tweet from Tim Sweeney shows the email sent to apple from Epic Games.

However, apple once again denied Epic Games’ request. In response back, Apples states that it will “not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable.”

In short, Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple Ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals. Sweeney believes this process could take up to 5 years.

So it seems that Fortnite won’t be returning to the Apple App Store anytime soon. Apple doesn’t have to reinstate Epic Games’ developer account even though Epic Games is willing to comply with the rules. Sadly, mobile player may have to wait years before Fortnite returns to the App Store.

For more Fortnite, check out when and how to watch the end-of-season event, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Epic Games vs. Apple court trial starts today, lasts three weeks

The court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today and will last for roughly three weeks before any decisions are made.

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The long-awaited court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today, May 3, 2021, and will last roughly three weeks. Epic Games vs Apple could not only decide the fate of Fortnite on iOS devices, but also the future of the App Store.

On August 13, 2020, Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks across all platforms. However, mobile users would have to use a new payment option to receive this discount. This option would bypass Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases by allowing players to pay Epic Games directly.

Apple quickly removed Fortnite from the App Store stating that Epic Games had violated the App Creator’s Term of Service. Epic Games had anticipated its removal and simultaneously launched an in-game event calling for players to rally against Apple. Tournaments were held, merch was released, and the hashtag #FreeFortnite trended to raise awareness of the legal actions being taken against Apple.

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Epic Games vs. Apple trial starts

Epic Games filed a suit against Apple alleging that its App Store guidelines are anti-competitive in nature. As well, the suit would not be for monetary gain but to liberate app developers from Apple’s unfair cuts. Apple filed a counterclaim that Epic Games had breached its developer agreements when it implemented a direct payment method.

Now, almost nine months after the Epic Games vs Apple case was originally filed, the court trial is starting. According to legal documents found on the Northern District of California’s website, each party will have 45 hours to plead their case to the United States District Court. The trials will last for roughly three weeks before a verdict is drawn.

The trial starts at 11:15 a.m. EST today, May 3, 2021. Due to the popularity surrounding the case, public access to the court hearing is being offered via phone. Those interested can call 1 (877) 336-1839 and use access code 9403112 to listen to the lengthy trial.

The CEOs of both Apple and Epic Games will speak during the trial. Tim Cook of Apple will argue that Epic Games breached its contract while Tim Sweeney will fight for developer and publisher freedoms.

While the anticipation for the Epic Games vs Apple trial is at an all-time high, decisions won’t be made for the next few weeks. Fortnite Intel will continue to keep readers updated if any big news comes from the trial.

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