Apple previously threatened to terminate Epic Games’ developer account on August 28 as part of the ongoing scuffle between the two companies, and now that that date has rolled around, Apple has gone ahead and done what promised to do.
Epic Games’ developer account has indeed been terminated, and navigating to Epic’s developer page in the App Store shows that all of its apps are gone. Fortnite has been unavailable for a couple weeks now, but other apps like Infinity Blade Stickers are now missing as well.
What’s more, you can no longer re-download Epic apps that you’ve previously installed and then deleted from your device. That means that even if you had Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad before, if you deleted it you can’t get it back. Trying to redownload Fortnite from your Purchased tab will now display the message “This item is no longer available.”
With the removal of Epic’s developer account, you can no longer redownload Fortnite on iOS pic.twitter.com/mMmLMDm2Vz
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) August 28, 2020
Folks who still have Fortnite on their iPhone or iPad can continue playing. But as we confirmed earlier this week, they will not be getting the new season that launched yesterday on all other platforms. That also means that players on Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac can no longer cross-play with Fortnite players on other platforms.
Here’s Apple’s statement to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman on the termination of Epic’s developer account:
“We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store. 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. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the guidelines of the App Store. This is not fair to all other developers on the App Store and is putting customers in the middle of their fight. We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately that is not possible today.”
And in one other interesting tidbit about Apple’s move today, the company is highlighting PUBG Mobile on the front page of the App Store. Of course, as Epic CEO Tim Sweeney pointed out, that game is powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine.
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