A brief history of the Apple and Epic beef

In the last month or so, tech news has been dominated by Epic Games‘ court case against Apple. While the ruling could bring a major pivot point for either of the companies, it might also affect us as consumers. In this story, we’ll try to explain the core of the case, arguments from both sides, and how it will impact users.

Why are Apple and Epic fighting?

In August last year, Apple and Google booted Epic’s hit battle royale game Fortnite from their app stores. The reason was that the game company had included a payment method that evaded these stores’ systems, and allowed users to buy the game’s internal currency, called V-bucks, directly from Epic.

The game company thought that was against the 30% cut taken by Apple and Google from developers was unfair, and people needed alternative methods to make in-app purchases.