Apple just terminated the Epic Games developer account [Updated]
Update 8/28/2020 3:37 PM PT: Tim Sweeney responds to Apple's statement about terminating Epic Games' developer account.
What you need to know
- Apple has terminated the Epic Games developer account.
- There are no Epic Games titles available in the App Store right now.
- Apple didn't go against Judge Gonzalez Rogers' ruling.
Epic Games' entire catalogue of games has disappeared from the App Store (opens in new tab) after Apple terminated the Epic Games developer account. Last week, Epic Games tweeted that Apple told the company it would pull its developer account if it didn't comply with Apple's guidelines. The deadline for making the required changes was today, August 28.
This comes after U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that; A. Apple was within its rights to ban Fortnite from the App Store for violating its rules, but B. Apple could not revoke Epic Games as a developer.
Well, sort of.
Actually, the judge ruled that Apple could not limit Epic Games' ability to provide Unreal Engine and key graphics technology for other apps. Not that it couldn't terminate the Epic Games developer account.
According to CNBC.com, Apple terminated an Epic developer account that doesn't include the Unreal Engine used by third-party developers, so it actually did not go against the judge's ruling.
Tim Sweeney responds to Apple's statement about Epic "spamming" the App Store review process
In a statement on Twitter, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney claimed Apple's statement "wasn't forthright."
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2. Apple HAS to respond to such violations, otherwise Apple would also be in violation of the contract AND even worse, by NOT responding, would render all other existing contracts null and void.
3. No one - NO ONE - has the right to violate the terms of contract just because you no longer like the terms. Or worse, because you want to make a public spectacle of yourself in a vain attempt to make some "point".
4. If you want to change the terms of a contract that you already signed, then you enter into good-faith negotiations behind closed doors. You don't throw public tantrums.
5. Epic gambled on point 2 above, and lost. They assumed Apple would cave.
6. Apple is totally within their legal rights to do everything they are doing. Why? BECAUSE IT IS IN THE CONTRACT THAT EPIC SIGNED. That's how contract laws work. If you don't like it, then too bad. Go play in someone else's sandbox. Epic has 3 options at this point: 1. They can abide by the terms of the contract THAT THEY WILLINGLY SIGNED. Apple may or may not be willing to re-negotiate at this point.
2. They can continue on their current path, which will result in Epic losing this case. Epic is the guilty party here. Not Apple.
3. They can take a hike, and live off of sales in the Android market. Choose wisely.