The Epic and Apple War continues as this time, we have new news that Epic Games Developer Account has been removed. This is not against the court order, but here is the gimmick.
The account is removed, but Epic can continue to work on the Unreal Engine. Therefore, it can somehow still get its game developed through Unreal Engine which is actually part of the store. Apple representative said that they were sad to make this decision but Epic Games forced them to. In addition, Apple also said that they are open to working with Epic Games again in the future, but right now they aren’t following their policies, which is unacceptable.
“We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store,” Apple said in a statement to 9to5Mac.
“We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launches and releases. 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 situation.
“Epic has refused. 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.
“We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately that is not possible today.”
Epic Boss Tim Sweeney replied to the Apple Statement and said that they shouldn’t have removed the Account. Moreover, he also pointed out that that “spamming the App Store Review Process” is a fake reason, and we didn’t breach that.
Things are getting shakier every week, and we’ll see how things go in court next month. Right now, Fortnite Players on iOS are suffering and are eager to find out what’s next.