A row between Apple and Fortnite creator Epic Games has been rumbling on for a while now. Suddenly it has exploded into all out war. It all started when Epic Games offered a discount on is-app currency for their game if it was bought outside the app, therefore cutting Apple out of the loop when they usually make 30%.
Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store in retaliation. Epic lawyered up. Apple lawyered up in response. Now Apple have landed a killer blow and terminated, completely, Epic’s developer account and revoked their app developer access entirely.
Epic therefore are locked out of Apple’s mobile game design interface and cannot maintain mobile versions of Fortnite. They also cannot update it’s games or launch new ones. This was with a much-hyped Marvel themed launch imminent. They are dead in the water.
iPhone, iPad and Mac players will also no longer be able to cross-play against those on PC or console. They are basically isolated, and on an unsupported and unsupportable app.
Just before the hammer came down Epic Games added a new skin to the game, called Tart Tycoon which was a monochrome figure in a suit with an apple for a head. They are also blocked on Google Play but currently OK on Android, or direct from Epic themselves.
This will now go to court.