Epic Games, owner of Fortnite, which was recently removed from the App Store and Google Play, assured that Apple will remove its developer accounts on iOS and Mac on August 28, which would mean the removal of all your applications and games on these systems.
This measure comes after the withdrawal of Fortnite from the App Store, the official software platform for Apple devices, due to the violation of its rules by implementing its own direct payment system, external to Apple’s, which collects a 30 percent commission.
It happens that the Unreal Engine graphics engine, a program with which many games are developed today, is owned by Epic Games. And now Apple communicated to Epic that will terminate “all (your) developer’s accounts” and it will restrict the use of “all the development tools for iOs and Mac”, as explained by the video game developer on her Twitter account:
“Apple withdrew Fortnite from the App Store and reported that on Friday, August 28, Apple will terminate all accounts associated with our developer and remove Epic from the iOS and Mac development tools. We are taking the case to court to stop these retaliations . “
This measure, which will take effect next Friday August 28, will involve the elimination of all video games for iOS and Mac from Epic Games, among which is, in addition to Fortnite, the Infinity Blade saga.
In response to this decision and the removal of Fortnite from the App Store, Epic Games filed a complaint in a court in the Northern District of California (United States) demanding that Apple not take “adverse actions” against Epic such as the removal of your developer accounts.
Although players may continue playing Epic Games video games already on their devices and even install them by other methods, removing the App Store will mean that iOS players will not be able to access the new Fortnite content, as the next episode of the fourth season of the game.
Epic Games, at war with Apple. Photo DPA
The background fight
On Thursday of last week Apple declared war on the owner of Fortnite. The reason: abusive practices and a 30% commission on all purchases made in iOS applications, with certain exceptions at 15%. This figure, abusive to many, was even repudiated by companies such as Spotify and Netflix.
The trigger was triggered this Thursday when Fortnite implemented its own payment method in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The company that owns the iPhone was the first to respond to this “act of rebellion”, although now it remains to be seen if its rival in the cell phone market decides to act in the same way.
After Apple’s decision to have blocked one of the most played video games worldwide out of a billion devices, Epic Games was not left out and quickly launched its counterattack on different channels: the judicial, obviously, and the media: it responded with a video comparing the measurement with the Orwell’s 1984 Big Brother.