At the end of August, South Korea announced a new bill that will force the main application stores, such as Google Play or the App Store, to include alternative payment methods. This is something that Epic Games, who took hasty steps to take the App Store’s alleged monopolistic attitudes to court, has been asking for a long time. The developer company of ‘Fortnite’ has asked Apple to re-add its popular video game to the App Store. Apple, however, has refused.
South Korea’s new “Anti-Google” law (although it also hurts Apple) will take effect in the coming months. It seems like the golden opportunity for Epic Games, who have an active legal fight against the Cupertino firm. Specifically, the video game company has asked Apple have their developer account reset in South Korea. It is an action that would allow the store to publish ‘Fortnite’ again, although only in the Asian country.
“Epic intends to re-launch Fortnite on iOS in Korea, offering Epic payment and Apple payment side by side, in accordance with the new Korean law,” the company said in a tweet. A priori, there is nothing to prevent Epic from re-launching ‘Fortnite’ on the App Store. Adding, in addition, an option that you will avoid going through the 30% commission that Apple asks for. The Cupertino company has been quick to respond.
Apple denies Epic Games to restore its developer account
Apple alleges that Epic Games they will not be able to enter the App Store again Unless they comply with the app store policies. “As we have said all this time, we would appreciate the return of Epic to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else,” the company says in a statement sent to The Verge.
Those from Cupertino maintain that the suspension of the Epic Games developer account it was due to a breach of contract Something that Epic has admitted on several occasions. They also ensure that “there is no legitimate basis” to reestablish the developer’s account.
Epic Games will therefore be able to offer an alternative payment method on the South Korean App Store, as long as they accept Apple’s terms in the rest of the markets. Launching ‘Fortnite’ only in Korea, at the moment, doesn’t seem like an option. The company that created the world’s most popular video game has yet to respond to Apple.