Apple rejected a request from the creator of “Fortnite” Epic games to restore his account on the iPhone maker South Korea’s iOS platform to add his own payment option, in their latest battle over app development fees.
Apple is fighting a lawsuit filed last year by Epic Games alleging that the smartphone maker abused its dominance in the mobile app market.
Their battle turned to South Korea last week when its parliament approved a bill banning major app store operators, including Apple, from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, the thus preventing charges from being charged on in-app purchases.
The legislation is expected to come into force around September 15.
Epic said in a Twitter post that it asked Apple to restore its Fortnite developer account, adding: âEpic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side by side in accordance with the new Korean law. “
But Apple has said that Epic Games should agree to adhere to Apple’s App Store review guidelines and will not consider any requests to reinstate Epic Games’ developer program account in the process. absence of such an agreement.
“We would love to have Epic return to the App Store if they agreed to play by the same rules as everyone else,” Apple said in an emailed statement.
He said that even if South Korean law becomes law, it will not impose any obligation on the company to approve any developer program account application.
Legal experts and developers around the world are awaiting a ruling in an antitrust case that Epic Games has filed against Apple in a U.S. court.
Epic broke Apple’s rules by introducing its own integrated payment system into “Fortnite” to bypass Apple’s commissions. Apple told Epic Games that the move broke its rules and banned the game from the App Store.
In the face of growing antitrust scrutiny from global regulators, Apple said last week it would let certain apps like Netflix Inc provide links to their websites for user payments, a small concession that would allow developers to apps bypass the controversial 30% App Store fee. charges.