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Apple Has “Blacklisted” Fortnite, According To Epic Games CEO
The lawsuit battle between Apple and Epic Games may be over, the war has surely begun. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said that Apple will blacklist Fortnite from its ecosystem until its appeals process makes the last judgment, following a ruling in the lawsuit.
Here’s a quote from Tim Sweeney’s recent Twitter post about Apple:
“Apple lied. Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press theyâ€™d â€˜welcome Epicâ€™s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else.â€™ Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.”
Apple lied. Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they’d "welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else". Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021
Apple’s decision could keep Fortnite off iOS and Mac platforms for as long as five years. Epic Games may have appealed to the court’s ruling and promises to adhere to Apple’s guidelines if it gets its developer account back. As of now, Apple has declined the request to reinstate the developer program account. Here’s Apple’s statement:
“In light of this and other statements since the courtâ€™s decision, coupled with Epicâ€™s duplicitous conduct in the past, Apple has exercised its discretion not to reinstate Epicâ€™s developer program at this time. Furthermore, Apple will not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district courtâ€™s judgement becomes final and nonappealable.”