Apple Revokes Epic Games Developer Credentials As Anti-Trust Battle Heats Up | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Apple Revokes Epic Games Developer Credentials As Anti-Trust Battle Heats Up

In an unexpectedly brash move from the staid Cupertino tech behemoth, Apple has revoked the developer credentials for Epic Games after it refused to stop directing its users to circumvent Apple's fee-collecting payment channels for its popular Fortnite game.

"We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store," Apple said in a statement. "We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launches and releases. The court recommended that Epic comply with the App Store guidelines while their case moves forward, guidelines they’ve followed for the past decade until they created this situation. Epic has refused."

A court order last week denied Epic’s motion to force Apple to reinstate Fortnite on the App Store.

However, the judge ruled that Apple couldn't terminate the developer account that Epic uses for Unreal Engine, after initially saying he was "inclined" a graphics technology that is used by many game developers. Apple said Friday that it would be complying with the judge's order, and the licensing of the unreal engine wouldn't be interrupted.

Part of Epic's strategy is to turn developers against Apple and Google parent Alphabet (which Epic is also suing) in an attempt to force them to drop their fees. Like they say: 'strength in numbers'.

The legal clash has angered some developers who complain that Apple’s App Store rules are unfair and that the company’s fees are too high. The backlash has also increased antitrust scrutiny of Apple, the world’s most valuable company.

"Apple is asking that Epic revert Fortnite to exclusively use Apple payments," Epic said in a statement. "Their proposal is an invitation for Epic to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS, suppressing free market competition and inflating prices. As a matter of principle, we won’t participate in this scheme."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.