Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney revealed that Apple has rejected the firm’s request to re-instate Epic’s developer account, successfully banning Fortnite from returning to the App Store following the legal battle between Epic and Apple.
Sweeney revealed on social media this morning a letter despatched to him by Apple rejecting Epic’s request to have its developer program account reinstated. An Apple Developer Account is required to develop and ship apps on iOS.
Furthermore, Apple says it won’t take into account requests to reinstate Epic’s account “till the district court docket’s judgment turns into remaining and non-appealable,” which Sweeney says could possibly be so long as 5 years.
Late final night time, Apple knowledgeable Epic that Fortnite will probably be blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem till the exhaustion of all court docket appeals, which could possibly be so long as a 5-year course of. pic.twitter.com/QCD7wogJef
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021
This all started when Epic pushed back against Apple’s payment 30% fee taken from each digital transaction in Fortnite. Epic protested by providing its personal fee possibility in the iOS app, which led to a snowball impact the place Apple eliminated Fortnite from iOS gadgets which led to Epic suing Apple. During this time Epic misplaced its Apple Developer Account and Fortnite stays unavailable on Apple gadgets.
The lawsuit itself ultimately went to trial and the decide dominated that exterior fee techniques ought to be allowed on apps accessible in the App Store. And whereas that will look like a win for Epic, the decide additionally dominated Epic Games breached its contract with Apple and was ordered to pay Apple $6 million in fines.
Epic says it can attraction components of the ruling, particularly the ones the place Epic misplaced, however the court docket has beforehand said that Apple’s termination of Epic’s developer account was legitimate and lawful.
Sweeney says it can proceed to struggle Apple on this and says Apple has damaged its promise to welcome Fortnite again to the App Store if it agreed to play by the guidelines, which Epic argues is now the case given the court docket’s ruling on permitting customized fee strategies.
In any case, for those who thought the Epic v. Apple state of affairs has concluded, suppose once more.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can attain him @lawoftd.