Epic Games and Apple’s legal battle may go to trial next year. Epic was concerned that Apple may restrict Unreal Engine on iOS and Mac.
In the order filed on October 9, the US district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has said that Apple is forbidden from blocking Unreal Engine on Mac and iOS. The order reads, “The record shows potential significant damage to both the Unreal Engine platform itself and to the gaming industry generally, including on both third-party developers and gamers. The public context in which this injury arises differs significantly: Not only has the underlying agreement not been breached but the economy is in dire need of increasing avenues for creativity and innovation, not eliminating them.”
The order highlights potential damage as a result of removing Unreal Engine from iOS devices. Unreal Engine is extensively used in mobile games. The trial will begin on May 3, 2021 without a jury.