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Apple corners Epic Games, gives it two weeks to comply with App Store rules

Is Apple getting too greedy?

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Fortnite developer Epic Games is practically cornered by Apple. The game was removed from the App Store because it bypassed Apple’s payment system, in favor of its own. The hardware maker wasn’t happy with the game developer’s attempt to go completely independent.

Now, Apple is taking another step to ensure its dominance on iOS and macOS app stores. The company is threatening to cut Epic Games’ off from developer accounts and iOS and Mac development tools. The game maker has time until August 28 to make a decision.

All developers who have their apps listed on the App Store are a part of the Apple Developer Program. The membership ensures access to developer tools and distribution channels. Currently, all apps for macOS have to be notarized, even if they’re being installed via third-party sources. Without access to developer tools, Epic Games will be practically unable to support Apple’s operating system by default.

Apple continues to maintain that Epic Games has breached its app store guidelines. The company added that it will “make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations.” However, today’s news doesn’t look like the issue will be resolved anytime soon.

Epic Games has filed a case against Apple. The developer won’t be able to offer Unreal Engine for Mac and iPhone, in turn affecting hundreds of game titles that depend on the physics engine. Their filling added that games like Fortnite and PUBG are played by millions of players across the globe.

“We won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to put their business interests ahead of the guidelines that protect our customers,” Apple said in a statement.

Although, many experts are worried about Apple’s stance. The big tech congressional hearing alleged that companies like Apple are too huge and veil a lot of power. With Epic Games, we can see the giant protecting its already closed ecosystem.

READ ALSO: Everything you need to know about the congressional big tech hearing

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Animal Crossing is launching a ColourPop makeup collection

Featuring your favorite characters

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Despite a full slate of exciting games last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of the most influential games of 2020. The island life simulator allowed everyone stuck at home to connect with another despite the pandemic. However, even with the gameplay, the game is just so darn cute. If you wholeheartedly agree (and why wouldn’t you?), Nintendo is collaborating with ColourPop for an Animal Crossing-themed makeup collection.

In its announcement post on Twitter, Nintendo unveiled four color palettes in the collection. The forefront of the collection features Isabelle’s yellow complexion and her cute-as-a-button pink top. If you’re looking for something more inspired, Blathers and Celeste have their own color palette featuring combination of their colors. For the stylish, the Able Sisters shine in purple and lilac. If, however, you’re looking for capitalist chic, Tom Nook has his own palette featuring his cash-money green.

The Animal Crossing x ColourPop collection will launch on January 28. Though only four palettes were showcased, the collection might include further characters. Besides the main characters around your island, the game also has a wide variety of cute potential villagers.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo made five-fold profit thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition out now

Took them long enough!

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Thanks to Ubisoft and their collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, you get to team up, fight for love and defeat the league of seven evil exes. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition celebrates its 10-year anniversary and includes Knives Chau and Wallace Wells downloadable content.

The game oozes inspiration from the iconic graphic novel series and 2010 Universal Pictures film. It sticks to the series’ humor and classic gameplay combo. You can even rediscover the beloved 2D arcade-style beat ’em up game familiar to fans! And, if that wasn’t enough, the 8-bit animation by Paul Robertson, the critically acclaimed soundtrack from Anamanaguchi, and original cutscenes from Bryan Lee O’Malley will get to you.

You’ll need to team up with up to three friends locally or online, revive each other and share health and coins to defeat your enemies. And, you can compete with friends in mini-games of dodgeball, battle royale matches or cooperate in either boss rush or survival modes.

If you want the game, it’s out on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia and Windows PC, as well as on Ubisoft+, the Ubisoft subscription service and Amazon Luna for $14.99. The game will also be playable on PS 5 and Xbox Series X|S via compatibility mode.

If you’re a huge fan of the classic series, there are pre-order Limited Editions of the Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition with exclusive merchandise and awesome features. Pre-orders for the physical and Limited Editions will be available for six weeks exclusively through limitedrungames.com.

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PeSO announces partnership with Mineski Philippines

Now comes with more opportunites for the youth in Esports

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The Philippines continues to build on a promising future for Esports and Mineski is leading the charge. In their eyes, the youth will carry the torch for many years to come. Now, with their latest partnership, the future will be within reach for the young ones.

One of the Philippines’ premier Esports organizations formalized their partnership with the Pilipinas ESports Organization (PeSO). Specifically, the partnership centers around Mineski’s Youth Esports Program as one of PeSO’s flagship activities. The YEP, in itself, already brings together a network of over 200 schools all over the country.

In essence, PeSO looks to promote the YEP as a training ground for future Esports superstars. Furthermore, they’re also looking to endorse the program to other schools in the country, and even to the International Esports Federation. In return, Mineski will assist PeSO member organizations to promote their future events and activities. As such, the two organizations hope to cultivate and motivate the youth to explore opportunities in Esports.

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