Epic asks Apple to allow Fortnite back in App Store ahead of landmark South Korean law


Epic’s Fortnite game was kicked off the App Store more than a year ago.


Epic Games has asked Apple to reinstate its hit Fortnite online battle game into the iPhone and iPad App Store in response to a South Korean law that clamps down on how mobile app stores operate. The new law, which was passed in August and is expected to go into effect soon, forces app store operators like Apple and Google to loosen restrictions they’ve instituted over the years.

Apple and Google kicked Epic off their respective app stores last August after it quietly changed code inside Fortnite intended to break both companies’ rules. Apple and Google require that any app developers selling digital goods, such as a movie subscription or new looks for a character in a video game do so through in-app payment systems built into the Apple and Google app stores. Apple and Google both take up to a 30% cut of each sale through their payments services.

Epic intentionally broke that rule, offering gamers an alternative to pay through its own payments service, effectively cutting out Apple’s and Google’s commissions in the process. In response, Apple and Google both kicked Fortnite out of their stores.

“Epic has asked Apple to restore our Fortnite developer account,” Epic said in a statement on Twitter late Thursday. “Epic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side-by-side in compliance with the new Korean law.”

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The move marks an escalation on Epic’s part in its ongoing battles with Apple and Google. Epic sued both companies shortly after Fortnite was kicked from both app stores, arguing that they had violated antitrust laws. Apple and Epic went to trial this spring over the issue in a California court, and are currently awaiting a verdict.

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