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Epic Games v. Apple: Take-Two Interactive CEO Reveals His Stance

The Epic Games vs. Apple lawsuit keeps on taking interesting turns with each passing day. The fight that kicked off with the Fortnite ban has now turned into something much bigger. Epic publicly calling out Apple’s monopolistic policies has turned this into an industry-wide phenomenon. Now, Take-Two Interactive’s CEO Strauss Zelnick has given his two-cents about the situation.

In an interview with Protocol, Zelnick spoke about the next-gen pricing of the NBA 2K21 title, Red Dead Redemption, and more. Interestingly, he also had his own thoughts about the Epic Games Vs. Apple lawsuit. He said “We’re a friend to all. We cooperate with everyone, and we believe in broad distribution. We’re in business with Apple, and, by the way, we’re in business with Epic and happily so with both.

I have made no secret of the fact that I believe that distribution costs will have to decline. But I do believe there’s a role for a third-party distribution. It’s appropriate to charge a fee for that third-party distribution. Now we can just argue about what that cost is. The more market dominance one has, the more judicious one has to be about pricing in those circumstances.”

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He obviously stayed away from any controversial comments. Moreover, instead of picking sides, he chose to keep a neutral stance. But, he also pointed towards reducing distribution costs, which is one of the major points Epic has problems with regarding Apple.

Apple charges a 30% fee per transaction which is exorbitant in the eyes of Tim Sweeney and Co. This is where the actual tussle began. Epic wanted to give the benefits of a lowered fee back to the consumers, but apparently Apple wouldn’t let that happen.

But, this doesn’t change the fact that Apple can still hurt Epic Games. The first wave of retaliation from Apple came when they blocked Unreal Engine’s developer access. Even though this was overturned by the court, it proved that the tech giant is not afraid to inflict collateral damage. They also recently barred Epic from reapplying to the App Store which was yet another blow to Epic.

A lot of things are going down at both camps. No matter what the outcome of this lawsuit is, its effects will be industry-wide.

Akshay Patel

I love to play games of all kinds. You can usually find me casually teaming up with my squad to play the most random games ever. Oh, and I also manage to write about those sometimes

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Alex Cora speculation begins after Red Sox fire Ron Roenicke

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Ron Roenicke will not return as manager of the Red Sox in 2021, the club announced prior to Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

A search for his replacement will begin immediately, the organization said in the announcement, and speculation is already swirling about a potential return for Alex Cora, who was fired and suspended for the 2020 season for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

“Throughout this difficult season, Ron’s consistency and professionalism kept the environment in our clubhouse productive and gave all of our players room to grow and develop,” chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said in a statement. “While we believe that, moving forward, we will benefit from new leadership and new energy, that does not diminish how strongly we feel about Ron. He is a man of the highest character who cares about our players and the Red Sox organization. As bench coach, he helped this team win a world championship.

“As manager, he showed poise and leadership in navigating an extremely challenging year. We are grateful for all of his contributions in our uniform.”

Roenicke replaced Cora in February after Cora and Boston split following MLB’s report on the Astros’ cheating during the 2017 season, when Cora was Houston’s bench coach. Roenicke had previously served as bench coach under Cora. Cora was later banned by MLB for one season.

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Multiple reporters added fuel to Cora’s potential return on Twitter Sunday. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports Red Sox ownership “was among [Cora’s] biggest supporters. So do not rule out a return.”

Bloom named Roenicke interim manager the day after spring training began. He removed the interim tag in late April after MLB’s investigation of the 2018 Red Sox for illegal sign stealing found Roenicke had zero involvement.

The Red Sox are 23-36 this season and will play their final game Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

Following Boston’s loss against to the Braves Saturday, Roenicke said he had a meeting with Bloom scheduled in a few days and that he was going to “see what happens.” He had hinted at hoping to stay in his position but that he was at peace with whatever the final decision turned out to be.

“It really hasn’t been unsettling,” Roenicke told reporters. “If I was just starting out as a young manager, I guess it would be a little bit unsettling. I’m sure it would be. But I think because of all the things that I’ve been through, I realize there’s a process, and I realize there’s timing differences the way different organizations do things.

“Do I like to know either way? Of course I’d like to know either way. But I think whatever happens, I’m going to be fine. I feel like this year, as difficult as it was, I thought (it) went well. And on my end, try to do everything I can to make things work out. It wasn’t all baseball as we all know this year. Sometimes a lot of other things came up.”

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Timberwolves’ Malik Beasley arrested on weapons, drug charges

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was arrested Saturday on felony weapons and drug charges, according to ESPN.

Beasley, 23, brandished a gun at someone, according to the report. Police found guns and marijuana in Beasley’s Plymouth, Minn. home after obtaining a search warrant. Beasley is facing felony charges of possession of controlled substance/narcotics and receiving/concealing stolen property. He is currently being held without bail at Hennepin County Jail.

“At the time of the incident, multiple individuals were present at the residence,” Beasley’s attorney Steve Haney told ESPN. “The allegations against Malik will be defended vigorously.”

The Athletic reports that police have received multiple trespassing complaints on Beasley’s home in the past.

“We are aware of the situation involving Malik Beasley and are in the process of gathering information at this time,” the Timberwolves said in a statement Sunday morning.

Beasley partook in the first week of the Timberwolves’ voluntary three-week camp — allowed by the NBA for the eight teams not invited to the Orlando bubble — but wasn’t present last week, per The Athletic.

Beasley spent his first three-plus seasons with the Denver Nuggets before he was traded to Minnesota in February, and the 2016 first-round pick had a big breakout after the trade. In the 14 games he played for the Timberwolves before the COVID-19 shutdown, Beasley averaged 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and shot 42.6 percent from behind the arc. Beasley is set to become a restricted free agent after the season.

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Joe Montana reportedly rescues grandchild from would-be kidnapper

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NFL legend Joe Montana and his wife reportedly stopped a kidnapping when they wrestled their grandchild away from a home intruder on Saturday, according to TMZ Sports.

According to the report, the would-be kidnapper entered the the house through an unlocked door, grabbed one of their infant grandchildren out of a woman’s arms and took them to another part of the house.

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From TMZ Sports:

“At 5 p.m. Saturday a 39-year-old woman entered the home where Joe and Jennifer Montana were staying — she got in through an unlocked door. The intruder saw a woman holding a baby — it’s unclear who was holding the infant.

“Our law enforcement sources say the intruder walked away with Montana’s grandchild to another part of the house where she was confronted by Joe and Jennifer. They wrestled the baby away from the woman. The intruder then ran out of the house.”

TMZ reports that the grandchild is safe and the intruder was arrested on kidnapping and burglary charges.

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