The creator of ‘Fortnite’ is getting involved with an intense feud between $2.6 billion Unity and $2 billion startup Improbable

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  • Improbable and Unity — two big names in the world of video game development — are engaged in a public spat, being carried out via back-and-forth blog posts.
  • The core of the matter: Unity seemed to have changed its terms of service to forbid customers from also using Improbable’s SpatialOS tech, which helps developers run cloud-based gaming services.
  • The change frightened some Unity customers, who had been using Improbable’s SpatialOS to power their online games — one developer actually shut down its game’s servers, for fear of violating Unity’s terms of service. 
  • But Unity says that Improbable misrepresented the situation, and customers can continue using SpatialOS as they’ve been. 
  • Epic Games, the maker of “Fortnite,” then got involved when it announced a partnership with Improbable for a $25 million fund for developers who might be in “legal limbo” over the situation. The two companies have called on Unity for more clarity and a renewed commitment to openness. 
  • Epic and Unity are long-time rivals — Epic’s Unreal Engine and Unity are two of the most popular video game engines in the world, and big business for both companies.

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