The Epic Games vs. Apple trial isn’t set to begin until next year, and in the meantime, there was concern that Apple would disable Unreal Engine support on its devices. This would leave a huge number of developers without the ability to maintain or develop games on iOS and Mac, but a judge has stepped in. A previously temporary restraining order that barred Apple from doing this has been made permanent in the lead up to the trial.
In an order filed on October 9, United States District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said that all parties “in active concert or participation with Apple” are forbidden from taking action against “Epic Affiliates” in regard to Apple’s developer program, on the basis of Epic Games using direct payment methods to circumvent Apple’s own payment system.
“This preliminary injunction supersedes the prior temporary restraining order,” the order continued, adding that it will remain in effect for the duration of the litigation.