25 August 2020
The ongoing battle between Apple and Fortnite creator Epic Games is only getting murkier with each passing day. Epic has already announced that Apple is threatening it with consequences that would lead to their iOS and macOS developer tools access getting revoked. It is because of Epic's decision to include its own payment option to Fortnite to avoid Apple's payment cut.
If Apple actually does it, it will essentially mean the end of Fortnite on iOS and macOS devices. Those development tools are necessary for building new versions and adding new features. Epic has been given a deadline of two weeks before which it has been asked to remove the payment method.
In response, Apple has revealed that Epic Games is facing these consequences because of its actions. It said that there are no issues with Fortnite being available on iOS and macOS app stores as long as the in-app payment method is removed. Apple has made it clear that it will no offer any exceptions for Fortnite in this matter.
Here is the full statement from Apple:
"The App Store is designed to be a safe and trusted place for users and a great business opportunity for all developers. Epic has been one of the most successful developers on the App Store, growing into a multibillion dollar business that reaches millions of iOS customers around the world. We very much want to keep the company as part of the Apple Developer Program and their apps on the Store. The problem Epic has created for itself is one that can easily be remedied if they submit an update of their app that reverts it to comply with the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all developers. We won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to put their business interests ahead of the guidelines that protect our customers."