Welcome to new-and-hopefully-improved Repetition, twice a monthly column of WIRED where we put together some of the more interesting news presented in the world of video games. At this time, we have details about Nintendo’s face-off with a TikTok creator, Epic Games battle with Apple, and a modder’s intention to release a 60-fps version of Blood. Let’s get started.
Judge Says No to Placement Fortnite Back to the Apple App Store During the Epic Lawsuit
As our friends at Ars Technica reported, a federal judge rejected a request from Epic Games that ordered Apple to allow Fortnite to return to the iOS App Store while the two companies await the outcome of their lawsuit. This is the latest in a huge legal battle between two companies that rely on the Direct Payments for in-app purchase system for the game, and essentially means that Epic does not offer Fortnite on any of Apple̵7;s platforms for the time being. In her decision, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers said that any damage suffered by Epiko during this period was her own fault, because “this problem is self-inflicted.” However, the decision allows Unreal Engine-related products to remain in the App Store, as Gonzales said removing them could do great harm to the health of the development and market ecosystem on the iOS platform.
The dispute between Apple and Epic began when Epic revealed the direct payment option in the iOS version of Fortnite, a step that violates App Store standards for vendors. When Apple removed the game due to infringement, Epic sued, saying Apple’s control over the iOS market was “unreasonable and illegal.” The case is ongoing, and Rogers said his decision was too early to pass any significant judgment on Epic’s arguments about possible antitrust violations.
In a clear response to the decision, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tweeted sad lyrics from the Eagles’ song “Hotel California.” The move, taken directly from the playbook of a teenager’s instant messaging, proves, once and for all, that video games are not for adults.
Nintendo Sues TikTok Creator Over Pokémon Sources
In other legal news, we now turn our attention to a story that may be familiar to long-time readers: Nintendo is litigious when faced with the work of a small creator. At this time, as Kotaku reported, the creator was TikTok influencer Digitalprincxss, known to this day as Pokeprincxss. Due to its use of Pokémon imagery in its merchandise and content, Nintendo recently sent Digitalprincxss a restraining order, asking him to change his name and pay Nintendo revenue for the use of intellectual property.
Interestingly, Digitalprincxss also creates adult content in a OnlyFans account, a move he believes will be closely linked to Nintendo’s decision to pursue legal action against him. “Nintendo does not want people to think that I am in any way, shape, or form affiliated with them, or that I have a partnership with them, and everyone will come back to me as an adult entertainer, “he said in a recent video. And while Nintendo’s motives are hard to guess, the company is certainly cautious when it comes to its image, so it doesn’t seem entirely impossible.
Blood Modder Promises To Release 60-fps Mod If Sony Does Not Do It First
Lance McDonald, the prolific modder of FromSoftware games, like a villain with a beautiful jaw line in that Marvel movie, looked deep into his heart, found a need there, and decided to take care of it himself. In this case, the need is to play Blood, the PlayStation 4 From the exclusive, somewhat better. A few months ago, McDonald’s was working on introducing a mod that allows the game to run on PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles at 60 frames per second, a significant improvement from the game’s standard 30 fps and a change, in Pro somehow, runs great for an unwanted feature.