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Why Apple is refusing to reinstate Epic’s developer account despite a promise to play by the rules

The account was terminated last year, locking the two companies in a legal dispute that might not end any time soon.

"Late last night, Apple informed Epic that Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals, which could be as long as a 5-year process," Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney tweeted on September 22. Fortnite's developer account was terminated in August 2020 for violating App Store guidelines by allowing its users to pay directly to Epic for in-app purchases rather than through Apple’s billing system. Didn't a US court issue a verdict on this issue? Yes. On September 10, US Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers gave his verdict on the long-running and monumental Apple vs Epic lawsuit. While Judge Rogers ruled that Apple must allow iOS apps to direct users to purchasing mechanisms other than the one offered by the company, he ruled in favour of the iPhone maker on all other counts. Notably, the judge ruled that Epic Games was in breach of its contract with Apple when it implemented an alternative payment system in Fortnite and that Apple does not have to reinstate Fortnite's developer account and it can choose to terminate other Epic-affiliated developer accounts as well. Predictably, Epic Games has filed an appeal. And now Apple, through its lawyers, is saying that Epic’s developer account will not be reinstated "until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable." Didn't Apple say it will allow Fortnite if Epic played by the rules? Yes. "As we’ve said all along, we would welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else," Apple said…

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