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Fortnite: Save the World for Mac falls hostage to Apple - Epic dispute

Published: 14:31, 18 September 2020
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If you thought that Epic's legal dispute with Apple will be limited to iPhones only then think again, as Fortnite: Save the World will soon be unplayable on Mac.

"Apple is preventing Epic from signing games and patches for distribution on Mac, which ends our ability to develop and offer Fortnite: Save the World for the platform. Specifically, our upcoming v14.20 release will cause bugs for players on v13.40, resulting in a very poor experience", Epic wrote on their website. 

What this means is that Fortnite: Save the World will no longer be playable on Macs as of September 23, 2020. 

All players who bought any Founder's or Starter Packs, upgrades included, between September 17, 2019, and September 17, 2020, will be refunded. Same goes for any purchased V-Bucks spent on Llamas in this period.  

Fortnite: Save the World's cross-progression support means you can pick up playing on other platforms but it looks like Mac support will depend on the outcome of the two's legal dispute. 

If you're just tuning in, the short story is that Epic were discontent with Apple's 30 per cent fee for everything that goes through iOS' App Store, and their attempt to circumvent it via direct payment methods prompted the iPhone maker to remove Fortnite from the store

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Apple, unfortunately, didn't stop there and ended up revoking Epic's access to developer tools, which threatened to make Unreal Engine a casualty of this dispute as well, which too ended up as part of the court dispute. 

Epic claim their goal was to "ensure that Apple mobile devices are open to the same competition as Apple’s personal computers", but Apple's actions seem to gravitate towards exactly the opposite outcome. 

You can find Epic's post on the official website .

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