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In Escalation, Apple Threatens to Remove Epic Games Developer Tools
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Last week, we wrote several articles detailing the antitrust lawsuits that Epic Games has filed against Apple and Google. The saga began when Epic added functionality that enabled players to pay for in-game Fortnite content directly, bypassing Apple and Google’s app stores. In response, Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their respective app stores, and…

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Epic Games Goes to War with Apple and Google
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Epic Games is suing both Apple and Google after the companies removed Fornite from their respective app stores. The game publisher is not seeking monetary damages. Instead, Epic urges the court to order an injunction halting what it sees as anticompetitive behavior from Apple and Google. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said in a tweet: “We’re…

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Epic Games Sues Apple and Google Following Fortnite Bans
1000 648 David Hoppe

In a lawsuit filed August 14, Fortnite maker Epic Games accused Apple of anticompetitive behavior after Apple pulled the popular battle royale-style game from its App Store. Current players can still access Fortnite on their iPhones but will not be able to receive updates for the game. New users cannot download the game at all.…

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MLB Deputy Commissioner Leaves for Activision Blizzard
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Tony Petitti, Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner of business and media, has taken the position of president of Sports & Entertainment at Activision Blizzard. Petitti will begin his new position next week, remaining in New York where he will work directly under CEO Bobby Kotick. “I look forward to Tony Petitti joining @ATVI_AB as President…

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India Bans Dozens of Chinese Apps, Eyes PUBG Mobile Ban
1000 648 David Hoppe

India banned over 100 Chinese apps in July. Now the country is considering banning nearly 275 more, including the popular battle royale title PUBG Mobile. Partly owned by the Chinese company Tencent, PUBG Mobile is one of India’s most popular mobile games; one-quarter of the game’s players are based in the country. India has already…

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Former Overwatch Pro Ted Wang Reveals $1,000 Pepe the Frog Fine
1000 648 David Hoppe

Ted “silkthread” Wang has released a video clip detailing a $1,000 fine he incurred from the Overwatch League (OWL) for posting a tweet that included the Pepe the Frog meme. Wang tweeted, “Does anyone else love Pepe the frog?” and attached a picture of the cartoon character. The alt-right movement appropriated the Pepe the Frog…

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Advertising and Sponsorship Dollars in Esports Continue to Rise
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While the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to adversely effect most aspects of society, there are a few bright spots to highlight, notably in advertising & sponsorships in Esports. 

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Twitch Launches Sports Category
1000 648 David Hoppe

Twitch, the most popular game-streaming platform, has launched a Sports category. The platform already supports channels hosting content from the Ultimate Fighting Championships, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association,  Impact Wrestling and other notable leagues. These channels will all be housed together in the Sports section. After revealing the new category, Twitch also announced partnerships…

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Key Executives Leave Ubisoft Amid Sexual Harassment Claims
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Over the past month, Ubisoft has been embroiled in sexual assault and toxic workplace allegations. The accusations, shared both anonymously in the press and publicly on social media, have led to the resignations of several longtime Ubisoft executives and extensive investigations into others. Maxime Béland (Vice President Editorial at Ubisoft Toronto), Ashraf Ismail (Assassin’s Creed…