Even as a legal battle is ongoing in a US court between iPhone maker Apple Inc and “Fortnite” creator Epic Games, the iPhone maker terminated the account of Epic Games on its App Store,. The tow companies are at loggerheads over the in-app payment guidelines and rules of Apple which Epic Games has termed as a monopoly,
The Unreal Engine of Epic Games – a software tool relied upon and used by hundreds of other app makers will not get impacted in any way by the latest move by Apple, the company has said.
However the latest move of terminating the account will means that “Fortnite” or other Epic titles will not be possible to be downloaded by Apple’s iPhone users from the App Store. While still being able to play Epic’s games that users have already downloaded even after the latest decision of Apple, users ill no longer be allowed to make any in-app purchases through the payment system of Apple.
Apple was allowed to block Epic’s titles from its app store, according to a ruling on Monday by a federal court. However the court ruling prevented Apple from taking any action that could impact and harm Unreal Engine till such time that the antitrust lawsuit against the iPhone maker filed by Epic is settled in court.
Epic was pulled out by Apple after the popular games creator implemented a feature that would allow iPhone users to make in-game purchases from outside of the App Store instead of using the payment system of Apple where the iPhone maker charged a commission of 30 per cent on all transactions.
The game “Fortnite” would be allowed back into the store if Epic removed the direct payment feature, Apple had said.
That offer was refused by Epic on Thursday as the game maker said that Apple’s request would be “to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS.”
Epic’s decision all but assured its account would be terminated, the step Apple took Friday.
“The court recommended that Epic comply with the App Store guidelines while their case moves forward, guidelines they’ve followed for the past decade until they created this,” Apple said in a statement.
“Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the guidelines of the App Store. This is not fair to all other developers on the App Store and is putting customers in the middle of their fight.”
(Adapted from FinancialExpress.com)