CARYEpic Games is playing hard ball.

On the same day it filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the tech giant of “anti-competitive restraints and monopolistic practices,” the Cary-based games developer debuted a short event titled Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite in Fortnite’s Party Royale mode to mock its rival.

It premiered just minutes after Apple pulled Fortnite from the App Store for “violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, the film is a parody of Apple’s iconic 1984 TV commercial that introduced the world to the Macintosh. It shows the computer maker as an upstart smashing the totalitarian control of Big Brother, presumably a stand-in for IBM, from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

Flash forward to today: it appears Epic Games sees itself now as the little guy, despite the fact that the company is now valued at $17.2 billion after a mega raise closed last week.

Check it out here:

Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite from Fortnite on Vimeo.

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