Apple has announced that Epic Games will not be able to apply for the developer program again for a year at the earliest. This means that Fortnite could also stay away from the App Store until at least August 2021. Epic Games has already defended this decision in court. It remains to be seen which of the two companies will emerge victorious from the dispute. The next hearing is in two weeks.
At the end of August, Epic Games was kicked out of Apple's developer program after the developer studio deliberately violated the current guidelines of the App Store with a Fortnite update in order to avoid the 30 percent commission that the iPhone Company in their own pocket with every in-app purchase. According to Apple's announcement, Epic Games is no longer allowed to apply for the developer program for a full year.
If there are no more changes in the meantime, this would mean, among other things, that Fortnite will no longer appear in the App Store until at least August 2021. Epic Games has already filed a lawsuit against this decision. The next hearing will take place in court on September 28th. Should Fortnite not actually return to iOS for a year, this should have far-reaching consequences for Epic Games. According to the studio, 63% of Fortnite's 113 million mobile users play exclusively on the iOS variant. These players would now either have to wait or switch to another platform of the Battle Royale shooter.
Just a few days ago, Apple responded to the actions of Epic Games with a claim for damages. The iPhone company around CEO Tim Cook will therefore not give in in this dispute. Tim Sweeney from Epic Games has already responded to Apple's current lawsuit with some statements on Twitter.
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