The Daily Moot: Epic Sues Apple and GoogleNews Picks
1. Epic Games Sues Apple and Google
Epic Games has filed lawsuits against Apple and Google over “monopolistic practices.” This news comes just one day after Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their app stores in retaliation for Epic’s new direct payment system. Epic’s new payment system was designed to circumvent the 30 percent fees that are charged for every App Store and Play Store transaction, with Epic then passing those savings onto their players by reducing the price of V-Bucks across the board. It’s unclear exactly how these lawsuits will play out, but considering that Epic Games was a step ahead of their competition and drew the favor of the community by promising to pass down their savings, it’s clear that Epic was prepared for this type of scenario from the beginning. You can check out Epic’s “Free Fortnite” video below, which parodies Apple’s iconic 1984 commercial and condemns the company for their practices.
2. Steam Game Festival The Steam Game Festival will be returning this fall. Although the annual event was originally scheduled to take place during the holiday season, Valve decided to run the Steam Game Festival earlier this year in March in an effort to make up for the cancellation of GDC and to help give a boost to the indie games community. March’s Steam Game Festival was a huge success, providing nearly 1,000 free demos for players and developers to enjoy alike. Hopefully the Steam Game Festival can maintain its impressive showing and continue its success when the fall edition of the event kicks off on October 7.
3. Forza Horizon 3 “End of Life” Forza Horizon 3 is officially entering its “end of life” cycle. Starting on September 27, Forza Horizon 3 will no longer be able for purchase and will be pulled from all shelves, both retail and digital. This is nothing new for Microsoft’s flagship racing series as previous iterations of Forza have all been phased out once they reached their “end of life” as well. There are no plans to remove online content from the game, so you can rest assured that you can enjoy Forza Horizon 3 to the fullest if you decide to purchase the game before September 27.
4. Lazlow Leaves Rockstar Lazlow, one of the most popular radio hosts in the Grand Theft Auto series, is leaving Rockstar. Although he is best known for his contributions as an in-game radio DJ, Lazlow’s contributions to GTA stretched far and wide over his nearly 20 year career with Rockstar Games. Aside from voice acting, Lazlow also worked on game trailers, in-game animated shows, and even helped write the dialogue in GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2.
5. EA Play Origin Access and EA Access will soon be no more. Instead, EA is unifying them into one overarching service called EA Play. Most of the benefits with EA Play will be the same as the current services, but there will be some additional new features such as in-game challenges and monthly rewards. Despite the unified moniker, players will still need to purchase a new subscription of EA Play for each individual platform they wish to play on. This means that, for example, you would need to purchase 2 EA Play subscriptions in order to use the service on both PC and Xbox. EA Play is set to rollout on August 18.