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Enlarge /. Epic's mobile action RPG is collateral damage in the battle for Fortnite.
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Apple has terminated the developer account that Epic Games used to publish and update App Store games.
The move means epic games like mobile RPG Battle Breakers are no longer available for download on the iOS App Store and share the same fate Fortnite has faced for weeks. Users who downloaded previously defunct Epic Games titles such as Infinity Blade will still be able to play them, but will no longer be able to download them again or use previously available in-app purchases.
Epic's iOS app updates will also be cut off, meaning iOS Fortnite players will not have access to the Marvel content that was recently added to the game. Fortnite players on iOS also cannot currently enjoy crossplay with players using the latest version on other platforms.
In a press release, Apple again cited Epic's attempt to bypass the default iOS payment platform for Fortnite as the main cause of the problem:
We are disappointed that we had to cancel the Epic Games account on the App Store. We have worked with the Epic Games team on their launches and releases for many years. The court recommended Epic to adhere to App Store guidelines as the case progresses. They followed these guidelines for the past ten years until they created this situation. Epic refused.
Instead, they repeatedly send Fortnite updates that violate the App Store's guidelines. This isn't fair to all of the other developers on the App Store and puts customers in the middle of their struggle. We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately that is not possible today.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney took to Twitter to dispute Apple's characterization of its actions around Fortnite. "You have decided to cancel Epic's account," Sweeny wrote. "You didn't have to."
Sweeney also questioned Apple's suggestion that the company "repeatedly" submit updates that violated App Store rules. The latest Fortnite update, according to Sweeney, was sent to Apple with the option for intact epic direct payments "if Apple wants to restore Fortnite in the App Store in time for the start of the fourth season".
Apple also informs CNBC that Epic has directed frustrated users to contact AppleCare for support, leading to "refund issues and support issues for Apple users around the world," as CNBC puts it.
Apple's decision to suspend Epic's App Store account shouldn't affect the development of Unreal Engine for iOS. Epic International uses a separate account for this development, which is regulated in a separate contract. This account was recently protected from Apple's planned retaliation by a federal judge's injunction.
Elsewhere on the internet, the Apple App Store's official Twitter account took the opportunity today to promote PUBG Mobile, a major competitor to Fortnite in the battle royale genre. In an ironic reaction to the move, Sweeney retweeted Apple's ad, stating that PUBG is "another great battle royale game backed by Unreal Engine!"