The Apple and Epic Games war continues, as this time Microsoft also comes forward to speak in support of the gaming company. Microsoft has now joined Facebook in the team to stop the so-called iOS Store Monopoly. Xbox boss Phil Spencer tweeted saying that Microsoft has now filed a statement in support of Epic’s Request. Phil said, “Today we filed a statement in support of Epic’s request to keep access to the Apple SDK for its Unreal Engine.”
He also linked to the official statement, which has a lot of details and reasons why Microsoft is supporting Epic.
“Epic Games’ Unreal Engine is critical technology for numerous game creators including Microsoft,” it reads. It also raises the issue that many independent games studios lack the resources to build their own engines and have to wholly rely on third-party software.
“As a result, Epic’s Unreal Engine is one of the most popular third-party game engines available to game creators, and in Microsoft’s view there are very few other options available for creators to license with as many features and as much functionality as Unreal Engine across multiple platforms, including iOS,”
“Denying Epic access to Apple’s SDK and other development tools will prevent Epic from supporting Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS, and will place Unreal Engine and those game creators that have built, are building, and may build games on it at a substantial disadvantage,”
“Because iOS is a large and growing market for games, Apple’s discontinuation of Unreal Engine’s ability to support iOS will be a material disadvantage for the Unreal Engine in future decisions by Microsoft and other game creators as to the choice of an engine for new games.”
“Apple’s discontinuation of Epic’s ability to develop and support Unreal Engine for iOS or macOS will harm game creators and gamers.”
So this pretty great, because other gaming companies are now coming forward to support each other. What I am really surprised is that we all know that Epic Games recently signed a deal with PlayStation, who are kind of rivals to Xbox. But still, Xbox Team was humble enough to come forward and speak in their support while Sony has not said anything yet. I guess both companies have good relationships from the exclusives that Microsoft has given Epic Games access of.