Fortnite South Korea might never make it to the app store anymore after Apple rejected EPIC’s request for its return. Apple has rejected Epic Fortnite’s request despite South Korea’s antitrust law today, as per the latest news. It had been a long time since Fortnite was removed from the App Store and Google’s Android Play Store after Epic clashed with the two dominant mobile platforms over the handling of payments and the 30% fee charged by both. The article talks about the recent news that Fortnite wasn’t allowed to be in Korea’s app store by Apple.
Apple and Epic Games had previously met in court to decide one of the most consequential antitrust arguments in the history of the tech industry. The trial has been nearly a year in the proceedings, following Apple’s removal of Fortnite from the App Store in August 2020. Epic had given Fortnite players on iOS and Google Play a choice between Apple or Google payment and Epic direct payment, passing on savings to direct purchasers. Both Apple and Google retaliated by blocking Fortnite updates followed by Apple threatening to prevent Epic from creating software for all Apple devices including Unreal Engine.
Epic had asked Apple to restore its developer account to bring Fortnite back to iPhones and iPad following South Korea’s Antitrust Law. Recently, South Korea passed a law last month banning Apple and Google from forcing app developers to use the tech giants’ payment systems, effectively declaring their lucrative App Store and Play Store monopolies illegal. Following this, Epic had asked Apple to reinstate its developer account so that it could re-release the iOS version of Fortnite in South Korea, according to the bill forcing Apple and Google to allow alternate in-app payment systems.
However, Apple had retaliated with the same reply and made the statement via email, “As we’ve said all along, we would welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else. As of now, there’s no legitimate basis for the reinstatement of their developer account.”
Hence, while Apple refuses to allow Fortnite to do so, and EPIC complies with Apple’s payment policies, there might not be the chance for it all to be the same.
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