Apple has formally terminated the Epic Games account on the App Store on Friday, following its Fortnite dispute and ongoing authorized battle with the game studio over in-app funds within the battle royale game, the corporate confirms to The Verge. That means the app is not accessible on the iPhone or iPad in any respect, even when you’ve as soon as downloaded it as soon as earlier than — and different Epic video games like Infinity Blade are additionally not re-downloadable.
Here’s Apple’s assertion:
We are disenchanted that we’ve needed to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store. We have labored with the crew at Epic Games for a few years on their launches and releases. The courtroom really helpful that Epic adjust to the App Store pointers whereas their case strikes ahead, pointers they’ve adopted for the previous decade till they created this example. Epic has refused. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the rules of the App Store. This shouldn’t be truthful to all different builders on the App Store and is placing prospects in the course of their struggle. We hope that we are able to work collectively once more sooner or later, however sadly that’s not potential as we speak.
The choice to terminate Epic’s account was deliberate for Friday, though there was a dispute over whether or not Apple can be allowed to take action till a decide on Monday denied Epic’s movement for a brief restraining order with regard to Fortnite’s removing from the App Store. (The decide granted Epic’s non permanent restraining order with regard to Unreal Engine, and Apple tells The Verge that it has not terminated the opposite developer account.)
Apple says Epic will not be capable of submit apps or updates utilizing its Epic Games developer account, however customers who’ve beforehand downloaded Fortnite on iOS and Mac can maintain taking part in it.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney is taking difficulty with the wording of Apple’s assertion, and divulges that Epic did attempt to submit a brand new construct of Fortnite to the App Store:
Apple’s assertion is not forthright. They selected to terminate Epic’s account; they did not *have* to.
Apple suggests we spammed the App Store overview course of. That’s not so. Epic submitted three Fortnite builds: two bug-fix updates, and the Season four replace with this notice. pic.twitter.com/VpWEERDp5L
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 28, 2020
Earlier as we speak, Apple promoted Fortnite competitor PUBG Mobile in the App Store, though Sweeney did the identical on Twitter in a jab again on the iPhone maker.
Prior to as we speak, Fortnite and different Epic video games, together with its trilogy of Infinity Blade apps, had been nonetheless capable of be downloaded on iOS when you or another person on a Family Sharing account had put in them as soon as earlier than. Although Epic eliminated Infinity Blade and its sequels from the App Store and Apple forcibly eliminated Fortnite, the video games remained findable within the bought tab of an iCloud account, the place they might be reinstalled.
That is not the case. Selecting Fortnite out of your bought tab now returns a message studying, “This item is no longer available.” The similar is true of different Epic apps, excluding Houseparty, the video chat app and social network it acquired final 12 months that also operates as its personal entity with a separate Apple developer account. Apple’s motion additionally removes the flexibility for Fortnite gamers to make any in-app purchases utilizing Apple’s fee system, Apple says.
Update, 6:14 PM ET: Added Epic CEO Tim Sweeney’s assertion.