Apple has terminated Epic Games’ developer account today as it had initially said after the developer had violated the App Store guidelines by adding a direct payment method to Fortnite. Apple had already removed Fortnite from the App Store after the violation but this move also affects other games from Epic Games that were available on the App Store.
Epic Games vs Apple
After Epic Games violated App Store policies by introducing a direct payment service in Fortnite, Apple had not only removed the game from its app distribution platform but it also warned the game developer that it will Terminate its App Store developer account by August 28th if the game developer doesn’t fix the violations.
The standoff between Epic Games and Apple doesn’t seem like ending any time soon. Epic now says that it will not be releasing upcoming Fortnite season for iOS and Mac. Apple has reportedly banned Epic from issuing new updates or new Fortnite installs. Earlier this month, Fortnite was removed from App Store after it offered direct in-app purchase thus effectively bypassing App Store fees.
Epic Games had filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Apple to prevent the Cupertino-based tech giant from terminating the game maker’s developer account and reinstating Fortnite on the App Store for iOS. After the hearing in court about the motion of TRO, Judge Gonzalez Rogers had sided with Apple, putting Epic Games in a tricky position. But Apple is now ready to ‘Welcome Fortnite Back Onto iOS,’ according to the company’s latest statement.
Judge Denies Epic’s Demand to Reinstate Fortnite on the App Store, Orders Apple Not to Terminate Company’s Developer Account
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ruled that Apple will not have to reinstate Fortnite on the App Store. However, she has also ruled that the company cannot block Epic Games from providing Unreal Engine tech to other companies and delete its subsidiary accounts.
Apple vs Epic Games: Judge Inclined to Agree With Apple About the Removal of Fortnite From App Store
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers who is overseeing the Apple vs Epic Games case in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. In the initial hearing itself, the judge made it clear that Fortnite’s removal from the App Store is Epic’s own doing and that the “irreparable harm” has been created by the company itself.
Apple and Epic Games are currently involved in a major legal battle, with the latter taking on the Cupertino company for its monopolistic App Store regulations. After Epic Games updated Fortnite with a direct payment method, Apple removed the game from the App Store. This was followed by Epic Games filing a lawsuit against Apple. The company retaliated by telling Epic that it would terminate its developer account by August 28 if it did not update Fortnite by then.
Epic Games had introduced a direct payment service in Fortnite for iOS for in-game purchases, bypassing Apple’s payment system, and thereby, violating App Store policies. Since Epic Games had violated the rules, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store. In retaliation to Apple’s decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store, Epic Games had filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of anticompetitive behavior and creating a monopoly. The Cupertino-based tech giant has responded to the game developer in court today.
Epic Games is holding a #FreeFortnite event on August 23 in Fortnite ahead of the release of Chapter 2 – Season 4 of the game on August 27. Epic notes that this will be the last time that Fortnite players from different platforms will be able to play together as iPhone players will be left behind on Chapter 2 – Season 3.
As you might already know, Apple has removed Fortnite from the App Store for iOS as Epic Games introduced a direct payment service for in-app purchases in the game, violating App Store policies. In retaliation, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple in California. The lawsuit was assigned to Judge Edward Chen of San Francisco Courthouse. However, a new report has just come in, revealing that the Epic v. Apple lawsuit has been reassigned to a new judge.