The war between Epic Games and Apple continues, and it is snowballing into a block that could harm many developers.
As a reminder, last week Epics created an alternative payment method in Fortnite, allowing you to carry money straight to Epic Games. Thus, Apple and Google did not receive 30% royalties on transactions, which upset the companies. As a result, the owners of Google Play and the App Store removed Fortnite from stores, and Epic Games sued the platform holders.
Now Apple has threatened to remove the Epic Games developer account. As a result, the company will lose access to tools for iOS and Mac, losing the ability to create games for these platforms. The ban also extends to the Apple Developer Program, which allows developers to publish games to all Apple devices (even Apple TVs) and receive other bonuses.
As it turned out, Epic had foreseen a similar situation and sent an injunction that should preserve the developer’s account while the companies deal with the first lawsuit. Epic Game is also asking the court to force Apple to return Fortnite to the App Store so that the company’s business does not suffer further.
Epic Games also explained that the loss of Apple’s toolkit will prevent the company from distributing software for iOS and Mac. Including these platforms will lose Unreal Engine with its tools, which Epics sells to third-party game developers. Restricting or not having access to the engine on Apple platforms could negatively impact studios that rely on it to create games.