Apple will not allow Fortnite to return to iPhones until the legal battle with Epic Games is over

Its leader, Tim Sweeney, revealed on Twitter the exchange of emails between the two companies.

iPhone owners will not be able to restart It is an electronic game. In an email sent Tuesday night to Epic Games, Apple indicated that online games will not be allowed to return to the Apple brand ecosystem until legal remedies are completely exhausted. “It may take five yearsEpic Games founder Tim Sweeney protested on Twitter.

Epic Games and Apple since August 2020 have been in a confrontation over the commissions charged by the App Store. the game It is an electronic game iPhones were banned after their creator introduced an alternative iPhone payment system into the game, a practice that Apple banned. Since then, Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against the brand over anti-competitive practices.

In this series of tweets, Tim Sweeney reveals that last week Epic Games tried to find an arrangement with Apple. “Epic has asked Apple to reactivate our Fortnite developer account. Epic has promised to abide by Apple’s rules when launching any of our products on Apple platforms.‘, the president of Epic Games writes in an email addressed to Phil Schiller, Director of the App Store.If we regain access to our account, we will restart Fortnite on Mac as soon as possible.»

What’s more,”Epic will send Fortnite to the App Store if it complies with the court ruling [publiée le 10 septembre, ndlr], and allowing apps to integrate buttons and links that direct consumers to other payment systems‘ Tim Sweeney continues. “In this case, our dispute will only be on the issue of alternative app stores, and I want to believe that we will find common ground.»

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End of inadmissibility

This email was sent ten days after the ruling was issued in the first time the trial between the two companies. Epic Games announced that it would resume, while Tim Sweeney claimed on Twitter that “Fortnite will only return to the App Store when Epic can offer its payment system somewhat versus Apple’s.»

Apple rejected Tim Sweeney’s attempt at reconciliation. Lawyers for the US group sent a letter to Epic Games on Tuesday explaining that Apple will not consider its requests before legal remedies have been exhausted.

This response did not satisfy Tim Sweeney, who deplored “A new abuse of power». «Apple lies. Apple spent a year telling the world, in court, in the press, that they would happily bring Epic back to the App Store if we agreed to play by the same rules as everyone else. We accepted, and Apple backed away from its word.Apple confirmed the authenticity of the documents, but declined to comment.

Tess Larson

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