Apple terminates ‘Fortnite’ creator’s App Store account as lawsuit proceeds

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Apple has announced it had terminated “Fortnite” founder Epic Games’ account on its App Store amid a legal battle over the iPhone maker’s in-app payment guidelines and accusations they constitute a monopoly.

Apple said its move will not affect Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, a software tool relied on by hundreds of additional program makers. However, the transfer means iPhone users won’t be able to download “Fortnite” or alternative Epic titles through the Apple App Store. Players who have downloaded Epic’s games will continue to be able to play but will no more have the ability to make in-app purchases with Apple’s payment method.

On Monday, a federal court ruled that Apple could block Epic’s names out of its shop but could not take action that would harm Unreal Engine while Epic’s antitrust lawsuit against the iPhone maker plays out.

Apple pulled Epic following the popular games founder implemented a feature to let iPhone users create in-app purchases directly, rather than using Apple’s in-app buy system, which charges commissions of 30 percent.

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Apple had said it would allow “Fortnite” straight into the shop if Epic removed the direct payment attribute. But Epic denied, saying goodbye with Apple’s petition would be”to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS.”

Epic’s decision all but ensured its accounts could be terminated, the measure 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.”

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Vinay Dwivedi and Tom Brown.

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