Apple removes Fortnite developer Epic from App Store

Fortnite characters next to the Apple logo

Apple closed Epic Games’ account from its App Store during a legal battle over in-app payments on the Fortnite game.

Apple had already removed Fortnite from the store after the game offered a discount on its virtual currency for purchases made outside of the app, from which Apple receives a 30% cut.

Epic says the rate is unfair.

The company sued Apple earlier this year after removing the hugely popular Fortnite from its App Store.

“We are disappointed that we had to close Epic Games’ App Store account,” Apple said in a statement.

“We have worked with the Epic Games team for many years on their launches and releases. The court has recommended that Epic abide by the App Store guidelines as their case progresses, guidelines they have followed over the past decade until until they created this situation. Epic refused. “

The suspension means that Epic can no longer create apps for iPhone or iPad.

Epic has yet to comment on the move.

He previously accused Apple of running “a complete monopoly” on the billion users of its operating system, which is the foundation of all Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads and Macbooks.

Apple said Epic itself has benefited from being on the App Store and has “grown into a multi-billion dollar business.”

Epic isn’t the first developer to contest the App Store’s pricing structure, although it is perhaps the largest.

In June, an email app called Hey also objected.

The EU is investigating whether Apple’s App Store terms violate its competition rules.

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