The long-awaited decision in the Apple vs. Epic case has finally been decided, with a judge coming to the conclusion that Apple must allow developers to offer alternative payment methods. However, Epic Games is not happy about the decision, and Fortnite is not coming back to the App Store anytime soon–if ever. Apple recently informed Epic Games that Fortnite would be banned on iOS until all court appeals are exhausted.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney denounced this decision on Twitter, saying it’s not a win for developers or consumers. He went on to add that Fortnite will only return to the App Store “when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers.”
“We will fight on,” Sweeney commented.
Sweeney said Apple informed Epic that Fornite will be “blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals.” Sweeney estimated this could take five years or longer.
Late last night, Apple informed Epic that Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals, which could be as long as a 5‑year process. pic.twitter.com/QCD7wogJef— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021
Sweeney went on to accuse Apple of lying. He states the company is not keeping to their word, saying they would welcome Epic back if they followed the rules. “Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users,” Sweeney said.
An email sent by Sweeney to Apple’s Phil Schiller mentions that Epic paid Apple the required fee from the judgement, $6 million. He then asked if Apple would reinstate Epic’s developer account. “Epic promises that it will adhere to Apple’s guidelines whenever and wherever we release products on Apple platforms,” Sweeney said in the email.
Sweeney added that Epic would only bring Fortnite back to iOS if Apple update its guidelines to “provide a level playing field between Apple In-App Purchases and other methods of payment.” You can see Sweeney’s full email to Apple, below:
Just last week, Epic agreed with Apple that we would play by the same rules as everyone else. pic.twitter.com/WOxsbnAFXE— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021