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By Abhay V
Apple terminates Epic's developer account, removes its games from the App Store
by Abhay Venkatesh
Early this month, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store due to non-compliance of its policies with regards to payments. Google too followed the Cupertino giant and removed the app from the Play Store. Epic then sued Apple and Google for the move, calling out their policies. A few days after removing the game from its store, Apple also reportedly threatened to terminate all of Epic’s iOS and macOS developer accounts, including cutting access to the Unreal Engine for other developers.
However, the courts put a restraining order on Apple, stopping it from terminating licenses for Epic’s Unreal Engine. As promised, the iPhone company today has terminated Epic Game’s developer account, which does not include the Unreal Engine, complying with the court orders. The termination of the account means that other games and apps from Epic, including Battle Breakers and the Infinity Blade apps have also been removed from the App Store.
Apple said in a statement:
The termination means that Epic can no longer submit updates for any of its apps to the App Store. Therefore, users that already have games like Fortnite installed cannot receive the new season that launched yesterday. Users can also no longer make in-app purchases. Just a few hours before the termination, the Cupertino firm today highlighted an update coming to Fortnite alternative, PUBG.
Apple is currently being criticized by more developers due to its App Store policies. It also reportedly favored other companies with regards to the policies. It will be interesting to see how the court battle between the company and Epic pans out, which will also govern what the future of these policies look like.
By Namerah S
Get one month of free Google Fi usage if you register before March 24
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
On Friday, Google-owned service provider Google Fi launched a limited time deal which offers one month of free service for new customers. It will cover unlimited calls, texts, data usage, taxes and other charges for a month. Normally the base plan costs around $20 per month for unlimited calls and texts, excluding data charges. The offer is only valid for first-time customers, and they must meet certain requirements to qualify for the service. Since certain phones are not eligible, it would be wise to refer to the list of compatible models before making any decisions. Any phone purchased through Fi itself cannot be used for the offer.
As per the terms and conditions, in order to activate the free service users must first sign up for Google Fi online. This should be done before 11:59 pm PT on March 24. Customers will receive an email to confirm the service credit a week after activation. It is also possible for users to transfer their current phone number instead of getting a new one, as long as it has been in use since December 8, 2018, 12:00 am PT. The offer cannot be used for data-only SIM cards, meaning users must register for full service. Additionally, once the service has been activated, the device must stay active for a period of 30 days back-to-back.
The deal is only available to US residents aged over 18 who have Google Payments and Google Fi accounts. Payment cannot be made via cash or cash equivalents, and the service is limited to one person per plan, and six per group plan. Further details and terms and conditions for the promo can be found here.
Epic Games puts Infinity Blade series to the sword, final updates still to come
by Boyd Chan
With its original installment having launched back at the end of 2010, Infinity Blade raked in a reasonable profit for its publisher Epic Games and developer Chair Entertainment during its lifetime. In fact, the series, during the course of 2011 which then comprised of the first two games of the eventual trilogy and other associated products, managed to bring in roughly $30 million in profits during the course of 2011. These games did receive some post-release attention though, including free multiplayer updates.
However, it's been over five years since Infinity Blade III was released and, notably, the entire series has remained exclusive to the iOS platform up until today. In a post on its website, Epic Games has announced that the three Infinity Blade titles have been withdrawn from sale effectively immediately along with all in-app purchases. While this means that those who had not bought into the franchise have well and truly missed their opportunity, those who have already purchased one or more of these games can redownload them "for the foreseeable future".
With respect to the development, Global Creative Director, Donald Mustard said:
The company also noted that the series was becoming a challenge to support to desired levels alongside its other endeavors.
This is not quite the end of the road as far as content updates are concerned, at least with respect to Infinity Blade III, with "Clash Mobs and other surprises" yet to come. Epic Games closed its post by teasing that the franchise could well be "popping up in places you wouldn't expect" along with a trailer for Fortnite Season 7.
By Usama Jawad96
You can now get two games for free when purchasing select Xbox One S bundles
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft has kicked off its Labor Day sale with discounts across a range of products, including offering seven months of Groove Music for the price of one. The company has some interesting deals lined up for Xbox gamers as well.
Microsoft is now offering customers two free games of their choice when purchasing a 1TB Xbox One S bundle. This essentially allows gamers to save up to $99.98 when buying the console. The company has extended the deal to five Xbox One S bundles, which are as follows:
Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 1TB bundle ($349) Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 1TB bundle ($349) Xbox One S Gears of War 4 1TB bundle ($299) Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB bundle ($399) Xbox One S Battlefield 1 1TB bundle ($299) Most of these bundles also offer 14-day trials for Xbox Live Gold as well. In fact, the Battlefield 1 bundle provides customers with one month of free EA Access too.
It is noteworthy that the recently announced Minecraft-themed 1TB Xbox One S bundle is not a part of this promotion, likely because it arrives in October and is a limited edition item.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft is offering a lot of freebies in South Park-themed offer
by Usama Jawad
Satirical adult animated show South Park is set to air its 20th season on Comedy Central today. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the long-running show is considerably popular globally for its dark and surreal humor used to criticize and ridicule a wide range of topics. Now, Microsoft is offering fans of the show incentives to buy the latest season of the show on its digital Movies & TV service.
The company has stated that customers who purchase the 20th season of South Park from Microsoft Movies & TV as well as pre-order the upcoming game South Park: The Fractured but Whole, will receive a $10 voucher to buy apps and games in the Windows Store and a free copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth. Keeping in view that the latest season of the show costs $18.99 and $24.99 in SD and HD quality, respectively, with the upcoming game available for pre-order for $59.99, this offer will certainly entice people to purchase season 20 of the show from the Windows Store, especially considering that the accompanying free game boasts a 10/10 rating on Steam and retails for $29.99.
Microsoft further states that:
The first episode of season 20 of South Park airs on Comedy Central on September 14 at 10 PM ET. You can pre-order South Park: The Fractured but Whole from the Xbox Store from here and buy the pass for the latest season from here.
Source: Microsoft | Image via 7-themes