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How V-Bucks led to the lawsuit of the decade, in 4 steps

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Fortnite: Battle Royale developer Epic Games may have just filed the lawsuit of the decade, and depending how the case unfolds, it could forever change the flow of money between consumers and the companies vying for their dollars on platforms like Apple’s App Store.

Fortnite: Battle Royale developer Epic Games may have just filed the lawsuit of the decade, and depending how the case unfolds, it could forever change the flow of money between consumers and the companies vying for their dollars on platforms like Apple’s App Store.

On Thursday, Epic Games — a corporate giant in its own right — positioned itself as the David facing off against the Goliath that is Apple in a bitter feud worth hundreds of millions of dollars. You can’t play Fortnite on iPhones anymore. A lawsuit has been filed. There was even a party within Fortnite that featured a video dunking on Apple.

To say that shots have been fired — metaphorically speaking, of course — would be an understatement. How did Epic Games go from reducing the cost of V-Bucks in the morning to filing a lawsuit against Apple in the middle of the afternoon? And why was the culminating moment of it all an image of Brite Bomber from Fortnite hurling the Rainbow Smash pickaxe at a black-and-white giant TV screen?

Here’s how it happened in real-time, and the four things you need to know about Apple v. Fortnite.

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