On last week, the developer of Fortnite Epic Games has started a dispute against Apple and Google, due to the policies followed by the companies' Stores.
Epic has launched a new direct payment system through Fortnite, a blatant violation of Apple App Store policies that requires developers to use their own payment system, where they can get up to 30% off every sale.
Fortnite was removed from the App Store and Epic filed lawsuits against the company.
Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic that on Friday, August 28 Apple will terminate all our developer accounts and cut Epic off from iOS and Mac development tools. We are asking the court to stop this retaliation. Details here: https://t.co/3br1EHmyd8
- Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) August 17
Now, the company reports that Apple is preparing to discontinue its Epic dev account, cutting the company off from developer tools for iOS and macOS. The account will be closed from August 28.
Epic, however, does not seem to intend to back down, as it reacts with ongoing lawsuits for monopoly practices.
If we do not fight for our rights where we stand, we'll eventually run out of places to retreat to, and by then we'll be too weak and divided to win. This is why developers need to fight the store monopolies HERE and NOW!
- Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 17
30% of Apple in every developer sale is one of the best known terms of its App Store policy. It prevents applications from being fully functional or makes them much more expensive.
For example, users cannot yet purchase a book for the Kindle application. Not only is Amazon not allowed to sell you a book on the app without giving Apple 30% of the price of the book, but you can't even buy it through a browser.