The Apple vs Epic Games battle has found a way towards escalation as the Cupertino-based company is set to revoke the developer account of Epic Games.
This decision from Apple will make an impact that’s going to be felt everywhere on August 28 when this change takes place.
Epic Games has sued Apple filing a new lawsuit in the bid to get their development accounts back, and they have lots of reasons to do just that. It won’t only impact Epic and their games, but will also affect the third-party developers using Epic’s tools.
“Apple’s actions will irreparably damage Epic’s reputation among Fortnite users and be catastrophic for the future of the separate Unreal Engine business,” said Epic in their latest lawsuit. Apple seems happy in repairing the damage they have caused if Epic agrees to stop violating their developer guidelines i.e. remove their own payment system on Fortnite. One can easily forget that’s actually what started this battle in the first place last week.
Removing the developer account of Epic will not only impact iPad and iPhone, though. Epic won’t be able to notarize their Mac version of the game and other apps anymore which is potentially going to make them unplayable.
Where it’s going to end is not clear yet, but it does not look like Epic or Apple have any intentions to back down at this point. Not great news for the Fortnite fans using any of the platforms from Apple – particularly when the new season is closing in.