Dispute with Epic Games: Apple rejects Fortnite developers
In order to avoid tax on Apple, game developer Epic Games is creating an alternative payment variant in its app. A bitter legal battle ensues. After Apple released the game “Fortnite” from the App Store, its creators also left the US giant’s program.
As announced, US tech group Apple has removed the company behind the popular online game “Fortnite” from its app development program. This means, among other things, that Epic Games can no longer submit new apps or updates. In a statement released by financial service Bloomberg, among others, Apple spoke of the fact that the makers of “Fortnite” had violated the rules of the App Store platform.
A judge had temporarily banned Apple this week from also throwing out the Epic International subsidiary of the developer program, responsible for graphics technology Unreal Engine. Unreal Engine is also used by other application developers. In proceeding against “Fortnite” and Epic Games, the California judge did not intervene.
Epic was no longer willing to adhere to the ten-year-old requirement that in-game virtual items on iPhone and iPad can only be offered through Apple’s in-app purchase system, where Apple withholds 30% of the price purchase.
After the iPhone Group rejected the changes to the terms and conditions, the developers incorporated into the app the contractually forbidden option to purchase items directly from Epic. To that end, a hidden feature was activated in the app that Epic had smuggled in front of the group’s app reviewers. That same day, Apple launched the “Fortnite” app in reference to the rule violation from the App Store.