Apple recently issued the following statement to The Verge, addressing the steps they were taking following Epic Games’ recent attempts to circumvent the App Store’s payment processes and allow players to directly purchase V-Bucks for their free-to-play title Fortnite.
Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem - including it’s tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store."
The recent tweet from Epic Games’ Newsroom Twitter account makes it sound like the situation has not been resolved amicably.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the ongoing war between Apple and Epic Games.
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, 2020