Epic Games put the billions of dollars it’s raked in from its hit Fortnite video game to some use, provoking Apple and Google to kick its title from their respective platforms, then blitzing them with a pair of lawsuits and an online video mocking the two tech giants. And in doing so, Epic drew the tech world’s attention to antitrust concerns dogging both companies at just the right time.”Epic Games has defied the App Store monopoly,” Epic said in its video remake of Apple’s famous 1984 Macintosh Super Bowl ad, which invokes the dystopian novel of the same name. In Epic’s version, posted online and in its Fortnite video game Thursday, the developer fashioned itself fighting the evil overseer. Epic said its game, which counts more than 250 million players around the world, had now been blocked from over a billion devices worldwide. For more like this Subscribe to the Apple Report newsletter, receive notifications and see related stories on CNET. “Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming ‘1984’” Epic wrote, along with a hashtag #FreeFortnite. The event immediately trended on Twitter, pushing it to the top spot worldwide within an hour of the video’s release. Now playing: Watch… Read full this story
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