As Apple promised, it has now eliminated Epic Video games’ developer account. Now, once you attempt to entry Epic’s profile or any of its apps by a direct hyperlink, the App Retailer says “this app is currently not available in your country or region.”
The termination of Epic’s developer account comes as the newest transfer within the ongoing squabble and litigation between the 2 firms over App Retailer pointers and cost strategies. It started with Epic including a direct cost technique to Fortnite, which allowed customers to purchase content material immediately from Epic with out utilizing Apple’s in-app buy system. The transfer was a protest of the system, which Apple forces builders to make use of.
Apps that use Apple’s cost system should give the corporate a 30 % reduce of funds acquired by it. This additionally applies to subscription companies, though the reduce drops to 15 % after the primary 12 months. Epic accused Apple of utilizing its App Retailer pointers to unfairly drive builders into utilizing the corporate’s cost system and blocking competing techniques from current on the shop.
Apple has lengthy defended the 30 % reduce and its App Retailer pointers, saying that the quantity is business commonplace — it’s, apart from Epic’s sport retailer on PC, which takes 12 %. The corporate additionally argued that the App Retailer pointers assist defend customers and that the price is essential to serving to it preserve the integrity of the App Retailer.
In response to Epic’s direct cost system, Apple eliminated Fortnite from the App Retailer (Google adopted go well with with Fortnite on the Play Retailer). In flip, Epic launched a lawsuit in opposition to every firm. Apple then threatened to take away Epic’s developer accounts. The corporate has a number of — one related to Fortnite and some different apps, and one for its Unreal Engine, which is utilized by a wide range of video games, motion pictures and extra.
A choose just lately dominated that Apple can’t goal Epic’s Unreal Engine, which is unrelated to the lawsuit. Nonetheless, the corporate was free to take away Fortnite and the related developer account since Epic might keep away from the ban by eradicating the direct cost technique till the courts come to a last choice. Epic has since refused to take away the direct cost technique, resulting in the termination of Epic’s developer account.
Due to that, Epic additionally confirmed that it wouldn’t be capable of replace Fortnite on Apple gadgets — the sport continues to be obtainable for individuals who already downloaded it. As such, Fortnite gamers on Apple gadgets didn’t get the brand new season of content material, and might now not use the sport’s cross-play performance to play with folks on different platforms.
Whereas all this takes place, Apple promoted Fortnite competitor PUBG Cellular on the App Retailer. It’s worth noting PUBG Cellular runs on the Unreal Engine and consequently might have been impacted if Apple was allowed to ban Epic’s related developer account.