As previously promised by Apple, Apple’s App Store account has now been shut down due to a legal dispute between the two companies, after Apple removed Fortnite from the iOS App Store. Epic Games still had a few apps available for iOS in addition to Fornet, but they were removed today.
Fortanite for iOS was updated earlier this month with a new option that allows users to purchase game items directly through Epic’s payment system without using Apple’s in-app purchases. Following the removal of Fortnite from the Apple App Store, Epic Games launched a public campaign and legal battle against Apple, announcing to the Capertino-based company that it would close Epic’s developer account.
Apple did just that this Friday, August 26th. First seen on Twitter by John Vurhass from McStories, the App Store has now issued a warning when you try to access Epic’s profile that “this app is not available in your country or region” or any of their apps via the direct link such as the Infinity Blade Sticker app .
It is worth noting that Epic Games has an alternative Apple account for managing the unrealistic engine, which, according to one judge, cannot be blocked by Apple in retaliation for the Fortnight situation. The account that was blocked today was only used to deliver Fortnite and some other apps from Epic, so now the company will block any updates to its game on Apple platforms.
Yesterday, Epic Games again sent an email to Fortnite players emphasizing that iOS and Mac versions of the game are now officially blocked from receiving updates. That means Apple platform Fortnite players have also lost access to multi-platform game mode. Fortnit is not offered through the App Store for Mac users, but the company needs its developer account to certify the game as a trusted app.
Epic Games has now been officially banned from the App Store, Apple is coincidentally promoting PUBG Mobile for iOS users, it is another popular Royal game that competes directly with Fortnite.
The first hearing in the case between Apple and Epic Games is expected to take place at the end of September.
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