Apple said on Friday that it had suspended the developer account for Epic Games. It follows a temporary ban order on Monday evening, in which a judge ruled that Apple could block Fortnite but not Epic’s developer account.
However, Apple said it had terminated an Epic developer account that did not include the unrealistic engine used by third-party developers to create 3D games, which would step in line with the judge’s order .
“We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store. We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launch and release, “Apple said.” The court recommended that Epic follow the App Store guidelines while their case goes forward, following the guidelines they had followed for the past decade. He created this situation. The epic has refused. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate App Store guidelines. This is not fair to all other developers on the App Store and is putting customers in the middle of their battle. We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately this is not possible today. ”
An Epic Games spokesperson pointed to a blog post to CNBC with earlier comments, including: “Apple is asking that Epic specifically return the attorney to use Apple Payments. Their proposal This is an invitation for Epic to liaise with Epic to maintain its monopoly on app-to-app payments. On iOS, to suppress free market competition and raise prices. As a principle, we plan in this will not attend. ”
Epic Games titles including Fortnite have been a major success through Apple’s App Store.
“We estimate that since January 2012, Epic Games’ mobile titles have been downloaded more than 159 million times on Apple’s App Store, generating approximately $ 1.2 billion in consumer spending,” Stephanie Chan , Strategist for Sensor Tower, the app analytics company, told CNBC. “Thirty percent of this revenue, or about $ 360 million, went to Apple.”
The battle between Epic and Epic Games began when Epic included a new direct purchase option inside Fortnite that cut Apple’s 30% revenue from Apple purchases. Apple pulled the app from the App Store the same day and shortly thereafter, Epic Games sued.
Apple said it provided Epic Games 14 days to update Fortnite to meet its App Store guidelines, after which it would suspend Epic Games’ account. Apple stated that this is standard practice for all developers.
The suspension means Epic Games can no longer submit games or updates like Fortnite for publication on iOS and Mac App Stores. While those who already have the game installed can still play it, they will not get any updates right now. Players also cannot purchase any in-game content. They also cannot play the new Fortnite season, which has been recently launched.
Apple stated that users of Fortnite have been directed by Epic Games to contact AppleCare, and those requests have caused return quality issues and support issues for Apple users worldwide.