Epic has recently asked Apple to reinstate its developer account so that it could re-release the iOS version of Fortnite in South Korea, after a new bill has been passed forcing Apple and Google to “allow alternate in-app payment systems”. Apple, however, insist that it has no obligation to let Epic in the App Store, despite the new law.
“As we’ve said all along, we would welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else… As of now, there’s no legitimate basis for the reinstatement of their developer account,” said Apple in a statement.
Last year, there was a dramatic scuffle between Epic Games and Apple. You can read the full story here, but long story short—Epic argued is that the 30% cut that Apple and Google took for all digital sales its made on their platforms is too much and it should be reduced. The game developers have even brought a lawsuit against Apple. Now, Fortnite remains conspicuously missing on the App Store.
Recently, a new law has been introduced in South Korea that outlaws payment system exclusivity inside apps. The law forces Apple to allow alternatives to In-App Purchase for digital goods. Previously, the App Store is the only way for developers to sell iOS apps, and they are not allowed to direct users to any third-party payment platform within their apps.
The South Korean bill has not yet gone into effect. But as Apple insists that “wouldn’t have any bearing on the company’s process for approving developer accounts”, Apple isn’t going to consider Epic’s request until it agrees to comply with the App Store’s app review guidelines.
Fortnite is also still not available on Google Play, either. However, Android users are able to download or install applications via third party platforms—similar to what South Korea is forcing Apple to offer.
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