Apple sent a letter to Epic Games on Tuesday stating that it would not consider any further request for reinstatement until the district court’s decision is final and unenforceable.
Apple Inc. plans to shut down Fortnite from its App Store until appeals are exhausted in a legal battle with Epic Games Inc., the maker of the popular war-royal game.
Apple sent a letter to Epic on Tuesday stating that “it will not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district court’s decision is final and unenforceable.” The letter, sent to Epic’s lawyers from an organization representing Apple, was shared on Twitter by Epic CEO Tim Sweeney. The process could take up to five years, he said.
The iPhone maker sued Apic after removing Fortnit from its App Store, citing a solution that would hamper Apple’s commissions on purchases. As the war raged this month, U.S. District Judge Evan Gonzalez Rogers sided mostly with Apple – although he said the company’s app developers should be allowed to point users to external payment systems. The ruling is not effective until early December, and Epic has already said it will appeal.
On September 16, Sweeney asked Apple executive Phil Schiller, who is in charge of the App Store, to reopen Epic’s developer account. This will allow Fortnight to re-submit in the future and allow the gaming company to develop its unrealistic engine and other software for Apple devices. “Epic promises that it will comply with Apple’s guidelines whenever and wherever we publish products on Apple’s platform,” Sweeney wrote in a tweet, which he released on Twitter on Wednesday.
Late at night, Apple told Epic that Fortnite would be blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem until all court appeals were terminated, which could extend the process by up to 5 years. pic.twitter.com/QCD7wogJef
– Tim Sweeney (imTimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021
Sweeney said that if Epic gets back its developer account, it plans to republish Fortnite for Mac computers “as soon as possible” and re-incorporate Fortnite for its unrealistic engine development process for the iPhone and iPad. However, he said that the company would republish Fortnite, one of Apple’s most popular products, as soon as Apple updated its review guidelines in line with the “simple language” of the recent ruling.
Although the judge’s ruling did not explicitly state that Apple could no longer prevent developers from completing transactions on the web টিয়ে bypassing the app-purchasing system the ruling did not explicitly state that Apple could not collect its commission. This has led some observers to believe that Apple could still cut revenue in other ways.
In addition to Epic’s appeal, Apple itself may seek a stay from the court to challenge the ruling or delay the change.
Mark Perry, a lawyer representing Apple, said the company would not immediately recover the developer’s account because of Epic’s “dual behavior” in the past and statements made after the verdict by Sweeney.
Sweeney said at the time that the ruling was not a victory for developers or consumers.
Today’s verdict is not a victory for developers or consumers. Apic is fighting for fair competition between in-app payment methods and app stores for one billion customers. https://t.co/cGTBxThnsP
– Tim Sweeney (imTimSweeneyEpic) September 10, 2021
Following the decision, Epic paid Apple 6 million to cover the company’s in-app purchase fees. During the trial, Apple said that if Epic followed the same app store rules as other developers, it would restore Fortnite.
“Apple lied,” Sweeney said Wednesday. Apple told the world, the courts and the media for a year that they would welcome Epic’s return to the Epic Store if they agreed to play by the same rules as everyone else. Epic has agreed, and now Apple has turned over another billion abuses of its one hundred powers over a billion users.
In her email to Schiller, Sweeney said that although Apple changed its rules to allow Fortnite to direct users to the web to complete transactions, it still raises issues with Apple’s position on blocking third-party app stores.
Epic and Apple representatives declined to comment further.