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Epic Games says Apple retaliated over suits banning developer account

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“Fortnite” creator Epic Games’ Chief Executive Tim Sweeney leaves after a weeks-long antitrust trial at federal court in Oakland, California, U.S. May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small

Brittany Hosea-small | Reuters

Apple has rejected Epic Games’ application for a developer account it would use to launch an app store for iPhones in Europe, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said Wednesday.

Sweeney said Apple’s decision was in retaliation over the gaming company’s antitrust lobbying, its lawsuit against Apple, and some of Sweeney’s social media posts, citing emails from Apple App Store chief Phil Schiller and Apple lawyers.

“The manner in which Apple is going about killing Epic here as a competitor to the App Store is super egregious,” Sweeney said on a call with reporters. “This is the medieval feudal lord, mounting the skulls of their former enemies on their castle walls.”

It’s the first public example of Apple denying competing app stores in Europe, a move that could raise scrutiny of the iPhone maker’s plans to comply with a new antitrust law.

The relationship between Apple and Epic Games has been confrontational since Epic sued Apple in 2020 over whether Fortnite could evade Apple’s App Store rules and bypass its 30% cut of game sales. Epic mostly lost but forced some changes to Apple’s policies under California law.

The spat highlights global regulatory threats to Apple’s App Store sales, a profitable division for Apple reported under its services business.

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

Apple has started to comply with the Digital Markets Act, a new law in Europe going into effect this week that forces big tech companies to open their platforms to competitors. For Apple, it means it will have to allow companies to offer third-party app stores in Europe to compete with the iPhone App Store. Apple opposed the law, citing user security.

Apple’s plan to introduce new fees, software warnings, and a rudimentary approval process for third-party app…



2024-03-06 11:46:00

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