October 28, 2020

Apple ‘Fortnite’ terminates manufacturer’s App Store account as lawsuit

Apply said it has terminated the account of “Fortnite” creator Epic Games on its App Store amid a legal battle between the iPhone manufacturer’s in-app payment guidelines and legal allegations.
Apple said its steps would not affect the Unreal Engine of Epic Games, a software tool relied upon by hundreds of other app makers. But the move means that iPhone users will not be able to download “Fortnite” or other Epic titles through the Apple App Store. Players who have already downloaded Epic games will still be able to play but will no longer be able to make in-app purchases from Apple’s payment system.
On Monday, a federal court ruled that Apple could block Epic’s title from its store, but not take actions that would damage the unrealistic engine, while Epic’s antitrust lawsuit moves against the iPhone manufacturer.
Apple created Epic after the popular game creator was implemented to allow iPhone users to make in-app purchases directly, instead of using Apple’s app-in-app purchase system, for a commission of 30% Charges
Apple had said that if Epic removed the direct payment feature, it would send “Fortnite” back to the store. But Epic declined on Thursday, stating that complying with Apple’s request would be “a compromise with Apple to maintain its monopoly on in-app payments on iOS.”
Epic’s decision convinced everyone that his account would be terminated.
Apple said in a statement, “The court recommended that Epic comply with the App Store guidelines while their case proceeded, following the guidelines for the past decade.”
“Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate App Store guidelines. This is not fair to all other developers of the App Store and is putting customers in the middle of their fight. “

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