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Epic v Apple lawsuit drama reveals yet another Google Stadia misfire

Epic v Apple lawsuit drama reveals yet another Google Stadia misfire

If nothing else, Epic's continuing legal battle with Apple and Google is revealing some juicy behind-the-scenes details of the mobile gaming world. The latest tidbit is that, according to a report of the ongoing Epic v. Apple lawsuit, the game developer tried to tempt Google with a Stadia launch of Fortnite, one of the most popular free-to-play games on the planet, and the fulcrum of Epic's current battles.

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Following Apple's lead, Google cuts Play Store fees in half for most developers

Following Apple's lead, Google cuts Play Store fees in half for most developers

For half a year there's been a huge storm brewing over app store platforms, the money that they make, and who gets to keep how much of it. It all came to a head when Epic dared Apple and Google to kick Fortnite off of the App Store and Play Store for working around the usual in-app purchase revenue split. Long story short: Apple and Google did just that, and the legal battle is ongoing. But the fallout is affecting other parts of the industry.

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Samsung's Galaxy Apps redesign is focused on Fortnite and not much else

Samsung's Galaxy Apps redesign is focused on Fortnite and not much else

Samsung has operated its own app store for years, the Galaxy Store, seemingly as a backup ecosystem in case the company's relationship with Google ever soured. There aren't many reasons to use the Galaxy Store over the Play Store, but Samsung now turning Epic Games and Google's ongoing legal battles to its advantage with a new marketing push.

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The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus are getting Fortnite’s 90Hz mode

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus are getting Fortnite’s 90Hz mode

OnePlus phones are among the most powerful around and sport high refresh rate displays, so it makes sense to target mobile gamers. There are already a number of titles that can be played at 90 or 120 frames per second, and now Fortnite is joining the list. A new partnership with Epic Games sees the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro as the first mobile devices to run Fortnite at 90 FPS.

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Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract'

Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract'

Ever since Epic updated its popular Fortnite title with a new payment flow that redirected customers toward its own website by promising discounted prices, chaos has ensued. Epic dared Apple and Google to kick Fortnite off app stores, then sued the companies for anti-competitive practices when it happened. We just learned that Google is working on getting the case against it dismissed, and now Apple is going a step further, seeking monetary damages from Epic for breaching its contract.

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Google will file a motion to dismiss Epic's Fortnite antitrust complaint

Google will file a motion to dismiss Epic's Fortnite antitrust complaint

Last month was a great one for non-gaming drama lovers like me. Not content with its cut of the pie on mobile, Epic launched an assault on the Android and iOS app stores, leading to Apple removing Fortnite. Soon after, Google followed suit. Epic filed lawsuits alleging unfair treatment by both companies. Now Google is making a new move in the high-stakes game of corporate warfare: the company is looking to have Epic's suit dismissed.

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How to play Fortnite Season 4 on Android

How to play Fortnite Season 4 on Android

Earlier this month, Epic Games released a Fortnite update that circumvented Apple and Google's in-app payments, which led to the game being removed from the App Store and Play Store. However, the open nature of Android means you can still play the game (and the latest Season 4 update), you just have to jump through a few hoops.

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Judge rules Apple can block Fortnite on iOS, but not Epic's Unreal Engine

Judge rules Apple can block Fortnite on iOS, but not Epic's Unreal Engine

Last week, Fortnite released a new update that circumvented Apple and Google's rules on in-app payments, by allowing players to purchase V-Bucks without Apple and Google taking 30% of the revenue. The game was promptly removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and now Apple is further retaliating against Epic.

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Google reportedly blocked OnePlus from pre-installing the Epic Games app on its phones

Google reportedly blocked OnePlus from pre-installing the Epic Games app on its phones

Epic Games launched a lawsuit against Google earlier today, alleging that the company is engaging in anti-competitive behavior. The filing primarily focuses on how Google makes it more difficult to sideload applications than installing apps from the Play Store, but there are a few suprising claims, including how Google supposedly blocked OnePlus from distributing the Epic Games app on its phones.

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Fortnite has been removed from the Play Store, Epic files lawsuit against Google

Fortnite has been removed from the Play Store, Epic files lawsuit against Google

Epic Games has fought Google's 30% cut of in-app purchases on Android for a while now, to the point where Fortnite was only available on Samsung's Galaxy Store and as an APK download. The company finally relented earlier this year, when the game finally appeared on the Play Store, but now it has been quietly pulled following an update that circumvented Google's payment system.

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