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Apple is preparing to terminate Epic Games' developer account on August 28, and is not planning to approve updates for the Fortnite game amid the ongoing legal battle between the two companies. This is inconvenient for Epic Games because a new Fortnite season is starting on August 27, and iOS users will not be able to participate.

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Epic Games attempted to get a temporary restraining order from a Northern California court to prevent Apple from blocking Fortnite's updates and terminating the developer account, but after a hearing yesterday, a judge ruled in favor of Apple when it comes to Fortnite. In a statement shared by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple applauded the judge's decision and said that it's ready to welcome Fortnite back if Epic Games decides to remove the direct payment option and return to the status quo.
We thank the court for recognizing that Epic's problem is entirely self-inflicted and is in their power to resolve. Our very first priority is making sure App Store users have a great experience in a safe and trusted environment, including iPhone users who play Fortnite and who are looking forward to the game's next season.

We agree with Judge Gonzalez-Rogers that 'the sensible way to proceed' is for Epic to comply with the App Store guidelines and continue to operate while the case proceeds. If Epic takes the steps the judge has recommended, we will gladly welcome Fortnite back onto iOS. We look forward to making our case to the court in September.
Though the judge is allowing Apple to terminate the Epic Games developer account on August 28, she did block Apple from also terminating accounts and access related to the development of the Unreal Engine. Apple may not remove accounts held under Epic International, as it is a separate entity from Epic Games and has a separate developer contract with Apple.

Apple during the hearing argued that it is typical for a developer who violates the rules to have all related and linked accounts terminated as well as their main account, but that did not sway the judge from her decision.

As for Fortnite, the judge made it clear that Epic Games created the current situation and can reverse what has been done by "taking it back to the status quo" and letting the rest of the dispute play out in court.

Epic's lawyer during the hearing claimed that Epic Games couldn't "go back into an anticompetitive contract," but now that it's been made clear that there will be no restraining order granted to prevent Apple continuing to block Fortnite, Epic may choose to obey the App Store rules, remove the direct payment option that began the whole snafu, and continue the disagreement through legal means that don't directly impact customers.

Article Link: Apple Ready to 'Welcome Fortnite Back Onto iOS' if Epic Removes Direct Purchase After Losing Restraining Order Ruling
 

JCCL

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Our very first priority is making sure App Store users have a great experience in a safe and trusted environment, including iPhone users who play Fortnite and who are looking forward to the game's next season.

More like: Our very first priority is to ensure we keep getting our 30% cut of everything your customers buy, so make sure you enable that back.
 

TheYayAreaLiving

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why did tim sweeney ever think this approach of stomp feet and whine was appropriate? he's supposed to be a ceo but let his company start a cartoon ad campaign to support a legal battle over apple's store policies....

i dont understand why he is leading his company like a child
Would you be ok with if someone is taking 30% + Taxes of what your earning?
 

coachgq

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Sure, if they handed me a billion people to earn money off of and supported me and enabled me to reach that audience.

Don't like it? Build your own phone.
Well, I was going to say basically the same thing so I won't. Not sure why people don't understand this. When I make a product that I sell at Walmart, do I get to assign pricing? NOPE! and does walmart pay me what they are charging customers? NOPE! Not sure how this is any different.
 

Realityck

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From Judge Rogers to Apple counsel from yesterday. She was asking some good questions. :cool:
*Updated from NY Times article for what was said right after this.

But Rogers said iPhone users can’t make app-based purchases from Amazon and other mobile platforms.

“So the question is: Without competition, where does that 30% come from?” the judge said. “Why isn’t it 10, 15, 20? How is the consumer at all benefiting from the fact that you get to say what you want it to be?”

*Doren replied that consumers had choices when deciding to buy an Android device or an iPhone.

"The competition is in the foremarket," he said, reiterating an argument that has been central to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook's defense during Congressional antitrust hearings.

Gonzalez Rogers replied that there was "plenty of economic theory" to show that switching brands imposed costs on consumers.

She at one point muted Doren in the virtual proceedings. Doren later said that Apple would prove at trial that "people switch all the time".
 
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dmylrea

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Sure, if they handed me a billion people to earn money off of and supported me and enabled me to reach that audience.

Don't like it? Build your own phone.
In which universe did Apple "hand " Epic a billion people? Does Apple pay for all Epic's advertising? Does Apple give Epic free top-of-the-list app placement in the store? Does Apple use Epic games in advertising of Apple products to entice people to play the game?

Apart from being the delivery mechanism, just wondering how Apple handed Epic all these customers?
 
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