According to a series of emails posted by Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, Fortnight will not be back on the Apple Store anytime before the court appeal ends.
In August last year after Epic game’s intentional violation of the App Store guidelines, Epic’s ios developer account was suspended, which set the stage for the company’s court battle, against the tech giants.
Epic Games' various apps are unlikely to return to the App Store soon, according to emails published on Twitter and an Epic blog post on Wednesday. Sweeney got a letter from Apple's attorneys, dated September 21st, informing the firm that it will not reinstate Epic's developer account until the appeals are completed, a process that may take years.
“Apple has exercised its discretion not to reinstate Epic’s developer program account at this time,” said the email. “Furthermore, Apple will not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable.”
Epic v. Apple, judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers found that Apple is within its rights to remove any Epic-related accounts from the App Store. Epic has already paid monetary damages as a result of the violation of the contract.
However the appeal path for the Epic v. Apple case is still there, and Epic has shown intentions to appeal the portions of the ruling it lost, although the higher court has not yet agreed to hear the case. Apple has said that it is currently thinking about its legal alternatives, to appeal. Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the other hand, informed staff following the decision that he was "looking forward to going forward."
“Apple lied. Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they’d "welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else". Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users,” wrote Sweeny.
Sweeny framed Apple’s refusal as the betrayal of its earlier pledge to reinstate Epic Games once the company adheres to the rules.
Epic's attempt to reintroduce Fortnite to the iOS App Store in South Korea, which recently enacted laws mandating other payment method support, also looks to be futile. It also casts doubt on Fortnite's future abroad. Epic recently upgraded previous Fortnite on iOS devices remotely to remove V-Bucks buying possibilities, bringing it back into line with Apple's regulations. Epic, however, is unable to re-release the game in any region without a valid developer account.
The decision to publish emails does keep the pressure on Apple, while Epic does intend to fight it out with Apple. Sweeny tweeting, “We’ll fight on.”