INTRO: The tensions between Apple and Epic Games reached a crescendo on Monday with the Cupertino giant threatening to terminate the latter’s developer accounts on Mac and iOS. The iPhone-maker has given Epic fortnight to withdraw its new in-game payment processing option that the Fortnite developer introduced last week to save lots of the 30% commission that Apple charges for each transaction done through the App Store.
The development comes just days after Fortnite was banished from the App Store for alleged violation of App Store policies. Confirming the new move, Apple said that it’ll terminate Epic’s membership from the Apple Developer Program, thereby preventing the corporate from distributing any of its apps on iOS devices. What’s more, the iPhone-maker also threatened to get rid of all other Epic apps from the App Store.
In a statement to The Verge, Cupertino based giant said: “We considerably want to stay the corporate (Epic Games) as a part of the Apple Developer Program and their apps on the shop. The problem Epic has created for itself is one that will easily be remedied if they submit an update of their app that reverts it to suits the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all or any developers. We won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to place their business interests before the rules that protect our customers”.
The rapid escalation in bitterness between Apple and Epic Games comes after the latter filed an antitrust lawsuits against Apple and Google after both companies removed Fortnite from their respective online stores following the introduction of the controversial direct payment system. A blanket ban by company could threaten not just Fortnite, but all games that run on Epic’s Unreal Engine, tons of which are Apple Arcade games also.