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Epic Games’ Statement

Epic Games announced that Apple has terminated its developer account, preventing them from launching the Epic Games Store on iOS in the EU. This action jeopardizes the planned return of Fortnite to iPhones.

Apple’s Justification

Apple cited critical statements made by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about Apple’s business practices. These statements, along with Epic Games’ history with Apple, were cited as reasons for the account termination.

The Apple vs. Epic Games Saga

The feud between Apple and Epic Games began in 2020 when Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store for bypassing Apple’s in-app purchase system. Since then, the companies have been engaged in legal battles.

Fortnite’s Future on iPhone

Epic Games is determined to bring Fortnite back to iPhones in the EU. They will appeal to the European Commission, which has the power to fine Apple and force it to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

Epic Games vs. Spotify

Despite public criticism from Spotify, Apple has not terminated its developer account. This suggests that Epic Games’ plans to create an alternative marketplace may have been a factor in Apple’s decision.

EU Regulators’ Role

The ball is now in the EU regulators’ court. They will decide whether Apple’s actions violate the DMA and take appropriate action.