Currently, Fortnite, Epic Game’s online battle game, is still unavailable in the Apple App Store due to its misguiding update on its app. Its update is targeting the 30% fee charged on every developer.
Epic attacks Apple through a series of tweets and a parody of the tech giants’ 1984 famous ad. The Ad mocks the App Store owner and encouraged gamers to take part in its battle to #FreeFortnite.
However, the battle might not take for long as Apple has backfired to Epic saying that “We won’t make an exception” for Fortnite’s developer. Apple supports its statement by saying that its all for the customers’ protection.
“We won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to put their business interests ahead of the guidelines that protect our customers,” Apple told The Verge.
“The problem Epic has created for itself is one that can easily be remedied if they submit an update of their app that reverts it to comply with the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all developers.”
The response of Apple made Epic file a lawsuit to stop the removal of its developers' accounts from the Apple Developer Program since the tech giant had given them until August 28 to made changes and follow the guidelines of the Apple App Store.
If the videogame maker won’t back down from the ongoing dispute with Apple, then it might be the end for its well-known battle game as well as for its 350 million users.
However, Epic still has one card left, in the filing, it includes Epic’s Unreal Engine tool which has been using by other developers to create 3D graphics.
If Apple removes Epic’s access to App Store developer tools, other apps, and games such as PUBG will also be affected, especially those who are using the 3D graphic tool of Epic.
“The effects will reverberate well beyond video games; it will affect developers who use the Unreal Engine on Apple products in many fields,” Epic wrote in the filing.
“The ensuing impact on the Unreal Engine’s viability and the trust and confidence developers have in that engine, cannot be repaired with a monetary award.”
Earlier, Apple removed the Fortnite app in its Apps Store because of its latest update, which includes Epic’s own payment system neglecting the 30% fee charged for every purchase made in the Store.
Moreover, Google also made a similar decision with Apple as Epic also created its own payment method violating Google Play Store guidelines as well.