On Twitter yesterday, developer Epic Games announced it asked Apple to reinstate its developer account. The company is looking to re-release Fortnite on iOS in South Korea.
According to Epic, it intends to offer customers the choice of using Apple’s or Epic’s payment process for in-game purchases. The company said its intent is to comply with the recently-passed legislation in South Korea.
The bill forces major app stores like the App Store and Google Play Store to allow for alternative payment methods. This will allow developers to directly charge customers through these app stores without having to give Apple or Google a percentage.
The legislation is not yet in full effect. That said, it doesn’t sound like Apple plans to reinstate Epic’s developer account.
“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,” said Apple in a statement sent to TechCrunch.
“Epic has admitted to breach of contract and as of now, there’s no legitimate basis for the reinstatement of their developer account.”
Apple pulled Epic’s developer account after the latter offered players discounts on Fortnite V-bucks if they bypassed the App Store. The two companies have since entered litigation with one another, with a decision on the court case not yet handed down.
The major consequence was Apple and Google removing Fortnite from their respective app stores. The game has not yet been reinstated on the App Store or Play Store.
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