Apple started to fight with Epic Games due to Fortnite’s bypassing its own payment system, and Apple closed the App Store account of Epic Games. The company stated that Unreal Engine will not be affected by this situation.
One of the biggest events that has been on the agenda of the technology world recently was the fight between Epic Games, the owner of Fortnite, and Apple. Fortnite somehow managed to bypass Apple’s payment system, as a result, it was removed from the App Store.
In a statement, Apple announced that Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, also closed its account in Apple’s app store App Store during the ongoing legal war.
Apple closes Epic’s App Store account
Apple has closed the App Store account of Epic Games and announced that Unreal Engine, which is used by many application developers and also belongs to Epic Games, will not be affected by this event. According to the statement made by the company, iPhone users will not be able to download Fortnite and other Epic Games games through the App Store.
Players who have already downloaded Epic Games’ games will be able to continue playing the game without any problems, but will not be able to make any in-game purchases through the Apple payment system. The federal court said on Monday that Apple could block Epic’s games but could not take action that could damage the Unreal Engine.
Apple said it will allow Fortnite to be in its store if Epic Games removes the in-game purchase that Apple’s payment system bypassed. However, Epic dismissed it, saying it would “turn a blind eye to Apple’s monopoly of in-app payments on iOS”.
Apple said, “The court has suggested that while the case is pending, Epic must comply with the App Store guidelines they have consented to over the past 10 years until they uncover it.” The company said that the App Store rules were broken many times with Fortnite updates, and this is not fair for other app developers on iOS.