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Apple won’t make Exceptions for Epic Games After ‘Surprise Update’

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

Apple and Epic Games have been embroiled in an ongoing feud. ICYMI, the game developing company launched a sneaky Fortnite update that allowed it to dodge revenue sharing with the tech company.

“Fortnite was one of the most downloaded games, topping 9 million installations,” according to Bloomberg. “Apple would lose tens of millions of dollars if Epic bypassed Apple’s payment system for Fortnite.”

Apple quickly pulled Fortnite from its App Store. In an official statement, Apple says that “Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users.”

Epic Games then went on to sue the tech company, saying its “App Store violated antitrust law”.

“Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation,” says Epic Games in a statement.

But Apple has hit back, saying that Epic Games can easily remedy the problem that it created for itself “if they submit an update of their app that reverts it to comply with the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all developers.”

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“We won’t make an exception for Epic because we don’t think it’s right to put their business interests ahead of the guidelines that protect our customers.”

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