UPDATE: iOS users no longer able to update Fortnite following App Store altercation

NEWS

31 Aug 2020

This is an update to the recent articles we have published. 

For ease of reference, these may be accessed here and here, respectively.

This developing story continues as Apple has decided to terminate Epic’s App Store developer account, following the on-going legal altercation about fees and rules. As a result of such, Epic has been banned from submitting new apps, and users will be unable to update Fortnite or conduct payments through the App Store.

Earlier last week, a court order rejected Epic’s motion asking that Apple reinstates Fortnite on the App Store. As stated in our previous article, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers protected those developer accounts which use Unreal Engine but failed to give protection to Fortnite itself. Apple has commented saying that it is complying with this order and will not enforce any measures being taken on Epic on other secondary accounts using Unreal Engine.

According to a statement issued by Epic, Apple is demanding that “Epic revert Fortnite to exclusively use Apple payments”. Epic has made it clear that they will not “collude with Apple to maintain its monopoly over in-app payments on iOS”.

As this is an on-going story, we will be providing further updates as this case progresses. Should you require any further information to the above or assistance about gaming-related matters, do not hesitate to contact us on gaming@whpartners.eu

The information provided above is accurate as of the 31st of August 2020.