Apple and Epic Games have been at odds for a long time. The stakes are enormous because any large groups who stay with the money invested in the popular Fortnite software are unconcerned. It appears that Apple will be forced to withdraw.
In epic games – apple, we recently announced a court ruling that will take effect in December. Epic Games, which has historically been critical of Apple’s (and Google’s) 30-70 percent revenue-reduction procedures, discreetly incorporated a payment system to Fortnite through a code modification that evaded Apple and Google’s techniques.
Unsurprisingly, Fortnite has been removed from both platforms’ official app stores, prompting lawsuits and general investigation into app store policies.
Epic has asked Apple to restore our Fortnite developer account. Epic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side-by-side in compliance with the new Korean law.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 9, 2021
The long-term implications of that court decision (which would enable other payment systems on the App Store and impose fines for breaking Apple’s earlier rules) are unknown. For example, there is still South Korea, where Epic Games (or, more particularly, its most popular game, Fortnite) may be reinstalled on Apple’s app store.
A new measure was passed in South Korea this month, and if it is signed into law, Apple, Google, and other app store owners will be required to authorize a third-party payment system or face a fine.
Epic Games expressed its delight by announcing on Fortnite’s Twitter account that it had asked Apple to restore its developer account before the regulation took effect. You want to reintroduce Fortnite to the South Korean App Store, where you can do whatever you want.
It will use its payment system and keep all profits from in-app purchases, at least for users who don’t want to use Apple’s built-in system, as users can use either. Lobbyists for Apple in the United States are now attempting to persuade South Korea not to follow this course.