Apple Has Blacklisted Epic, Meaning ‘Fortnite’ Isn’t Returning To App Store
Apple and Epic Games are not exactly best friends at the moment. In-app purchases were a topic that the tech giants recently fought in court. Developers (no matter their size) had to pay Apple a portion of the money they earned through their app store. The court ruled that Apple must allow developers to offer alternative payment methods for customers to purchase their products. This sounds like a victory for Epic. Apple is clearly not happy.
According to PC Gamer Tim Sweeney, Tim Sweeney reported that, despite Apply having apparently agreed to welcome Epic and Fortnite , back at the App Store if they “play by the same rules like everyone else”, Apple has now blacklisted Fortnite.
The CEO’s complete tweets state that Apple lied. Apple spent over a year telling the media, court and the world that Epic would “welcome Epic’s return to App Store” if they agreed to follow the same rules as everyone else. Epic agreed and Apple is now denying another abuse of its monopoly over one billion users.
Epic and Apple agreed last week that we would follow the same rules as everyone else.
Epic was informed by Apple late last night that Fortnite would be removed from the Apple ecosystem after all court appeals have been exhausted. This could take as long as five years.
Sweeney continues to state that this is an “extraordinary anticompetitive Apple move, demonstrating their ability to reshape the markets and choose winners or losers.” Sweeney believes it is a loss for fair competition, consumer choice and fair competition. It has important implications for the development of the new medium in our time.
To confirm that the CEO’s views are being echoed, the entire thread of tweets was published on the Epic Games website. The company believes it is yet another Apple move to dominate the market, even though it may be detrimental to its financial gains.