Apple deletes Epic’s app store developer account, blocks Fortnite updates

  • Epic is no longer able to release Fortnite updates for Apple devices
  • Downloading the game is also not possible
  • The Unreal Engine is not affected

Apple has deleted Epic Games’ developer account for the App Store.

It is the latest development in the legal dispute between Apple and Epic, most recently Epic was able to obtain an injunction against Apple, which only affects the Unreal Engine and not Fortnite, which has been thrown from the App Store.

Deleting the developer account will prevent Epic from updating existing games or submitting new ones.

“We are disappointed that it was necessary to deactivate Epic Games’ account for the App Store,” said the company in a statement. “We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their products.”

“The court recommended Epic to adhere to the App Store guidelines while the case is being processed. These guidelines have been followed for the past decade until they created this situation. Epic has refused. Instead, they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates who violate the App Store policies. This is not fair to all other developers on the App Store and puts customers in the middle of their battle. “

“We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately that is not possible today,” says Apple.

Fortnite or other Epic apps are therefore not available in the App Store until further notice. According to the analysts at Sensor Tower, Fortnite has been downloaded around 160 million times and has generated sales of $ 1.2 billion since 2012. Apple’s share of this is said to be around $ 360 million.

Fortnite players look into the tube on Apple devices for the time being.