The Daily Moot: Epic Wins LawsuitNews Picks
1. Epic Lawsuit Update
Epic has won part 1 of its lawsuit against Apple. After Microsoft came out in support of Epic by asserting that Epic’s Unreal Engine is critical for game developers and creators, a judge has ruled in favor of Epic, granting the company a temporary restraining order against Apple. Specifically, the judge said that hindering Epic’s ability to maintain Unreal Engine would cause “significant damage to the gaming industry” but also said that the issue with Fortnite seemed to be “of Epic’s own making.” While this doesn’t mean that Fortnite will be returning to the App Store, it does mean that Epic will maintain its developer rights until the next stage of the lawsuit hits the courts in April of next year. The legal teams for Epic and Apple are set to reconvene on September 28.
2. Black Ops: Cold War Warzone Reveal? Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is set for its big reveal tomorrow, but it looks like Activision may be planning something a bit unique for the event. In a cryptic Tweet posted today, Call of Duty seems to be suggesting that the Black Ops: Cold War reveal will happen within the world of Warzone. It’s unclear exactly how this would play out, but the message is rather straightforward: “New contract. Coming to Verdansk. Aug 26.” The Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War reveal is set to take place tomorrow at 10:30am PT.
3. Summer Games Done Quick Ends The 2020 edition of Summer Games Done Quick has come to a close. The speedrunning charity drive managed to raise $2.3M this year, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders which provides emergency medical and humanitarian aid across the world. While the $2.3M mark is certainly impressive, the number is actually down from last year’s event which raised over $3M. Since the annual event started in 2010, GDQ has raised over $27M in total for charities like the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Direct Relief, and AbleGamers.
4. New Nintendo Switch? A new version of the Nintendo Switch is on the way. Set to enter production later this year, the newest edition of the Switch will have a better graphical display and improved “interactivity.” Not many details about the upcoming console have been announced yet, so it’s unclear what hardware changes will be made in order to achieve these improvements. The new Nintendo Switch is slated to hit retail shelves early next year.
5. EA Steam Achievements EA has added more than 1,000 new achievements to their Steam games. These achievements were previously locked to the Origin versions of these games, despite the fact that EA transferred much of its library to Steam earlier this year. Some of the games which now have full Steam achievements include Titanfall 2, Need for Speed, Battlefield, and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Any achievements you’ve earned will be automatically applied retroactively, meaning that you don’t have to worry about redoing achievements that you’ve already completed.