The App Store was launched in 2008, along with the launch of the iPhone 3G. Since then, despite being the most popular way in the world to distribute apps, games, and services, Apple’s app distribution platform has been heavily criticized by many brands and developers for its policies, heavy commissions, and for creating a monopoly in the market.
Epic Games vs Apple
Epic Games and Apple are currently engaged in a full-on war. The former is ready to take on Apple for its monopolistic App Store policies and in response, Apple has threatened to terminate Epic Games’ Developer accounts. A report from The Information claims that Epic Games has been reaching out to other App Store developers in a bid to form a coalition and strengthen its fight against Apple.
Epic Game’s standoff with Apple has escalated further as the developer alleges Apple will terminate its developer account on August 28. Last week, Epic Games added a direct payment method on Fortnite. It is against Apple’s policy to add a direct payment method, and thus Fortnite was removed from the App Store. Soon enough, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple, and now their developer account will allegedly be terminated.
Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, is currently involved in a battle with Apple over the App Store fees. Epic Games has decided to take on the company head-on and now, in a series of tweets, the company’s CEO Tim Sweeney has revealed why its lawsuit against Apple is not just about Epic Games vs Apple but bigger than that.
A few hours after Epic Games released an update to ‘Fortnite’ on the iOS App Store with a direct payment option, the game was removed by Apple for violating the App Store guidelines. In response, Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against Apple.