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Apple Terminates Epic Games’ Developer Account in the EU

Tech giant Apple’s termination of Epic Games developer account in the EU shows the extent of App Store competition problem.

Update (March 11, 10:50 am): Apple reinstated Epic's developer account on March 8 following intervention from the European Commission. "Following conversations with Epic, they have committed to follow the rules, including our DMA policies. As a result, Epic Sweden AB has been permitted to re-sign the developer agreement and accepted into the Apple Developer Program," Apple said. Update (March 8, 9:50 am): The European Commission informed that it is looking into Apple’s termination of Epic’s developer account as a matter of priority. "Under the DMA, there is no room for threats by gatekeepers to silence developers," Commissioner Thierry Breton posted on X. Original Story (March 7, 6:10 pm): Fortnite-maker Epic Games revealed that Apple has terminated its developer account in the EU, just weeks after approving it. In a letter sent to Epic Games, Apple called the company "verifiably untrustworthy" and cited the numerous comments made by Epic CEO Tim Sweeney criticising Apple's compliance with the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA). Earlier in January, Apple announced a major overhaul to its App Store policy, allowing alternative app marketplaces (third-party app stores) and payment systems in the EU. These changes were announced to comply with the DMA, but many developers, including Epic Games, criticised Apple's compliance policy alleging that the terms and conditions in the new App Store policy will deter developers from choosing other alternatives. Despite criticising Apple, the Fortnite-maker decided to launch, the Epic Games Store for iOS in Europe, as an alternative app store and secured a developer account…

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