Filipe Espósito at 9to5Mac:
As previously warned by Apple, Epic’s App Store account has now been terminated due to the Fortnite developer knowingly violating App Store policy. Epic Games still had a few apps available for iOS aside from Fortnite, and they were all removed today.
Apple’s full statement:
We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store. We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launches and releases. The court recommended that Epic comply with the App Store guidelines while their case moves forward, guidelines they’ve followed for the past decade until they created this situation. Epic has refused. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the guidelines of the App Store. This is not fair to all other developers on the App Store and is putting customers in the middle of their fight. We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately that is not possible today.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney’s response:
Apple’s statement isn’t forthright. They chose to terminate Epics account; they didn’t *have* to.
Apple suggests we spammed the App Store review process. That’s not so. Epic submitted three Fortnite builds: two bug-fix updates, and the Season 4 update with this note.
The note says:
Fortnite build v14.0 with the new Season 4 has been uploaded though App Store Connect.
This build continues to offer customers the choice of in-app purchases through either Apple’s payment solution or through Epic direct payment. Epic is submitting this version in case Apple wishes to restore Fortnite to the App Store in time for Season 4 launch.
This is like someone walking into your home, they steal your stuff and kick your dog, and then say, “You didn’t *have* to call the cops!” Epic has clearly violated App Store policy, knowingly and repeatedly.
Epic didn’t *have* to submit a build of Fortnite that broke Apple’s rules. Apple didn’t *have* to charge a 30% fee on in-app purchases. Epic didn’t *have* to agree to Apple’s App Store terms. This is just stupid whinny bullshit from a CEO — and it’s embarrassing.