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Apple follows through on its threat to cancel Epic Games' developer account

Epic's online App Store developer's page is now blank. (Source: Apple)
Epic's online App Store developer's page is now blank. (Source: Apple)
Apple had warned that it might terminate the developer account page on its Store for Epic Games. The studio is currently involved in action that challenges the Cupertino giant's app-revenue model. Now, this threat has come to fruition, meaning that access to all of Epic's apps on iOS or iPadOS has been revoked.

Apple has stated that it is "disappointed" to have had to terminate the developer account it maintains for Epic Games. The dispute sparked by this group's institution of a direct payment system for its iOS or iPadOS apps has taken this turn following an email sent to users blaming the Cupertino giant for the effect it has had on the apps they own thus far.

Apple had not taken kindly to Epic's actions as they contravene its practice of taking 30% of the revenue from all developers who sell on this OEM's platform. Its latest form of retaliation means that the studio's apps are now no longer accessible on its mobile devices. The same apps still work on iPhones or iPads provided they had been downloaded prior to the termination, although they reportedly can no longer be updated.

In addition, players can now longer access in-app paid content within Epic's products. This is particularly bad news for fans of Fortnite, as its latest season now includes content based on the Marvel universe. Meanwhile, Apple has been spotted highlighting the game's biggest and closest rival, Tencent's PUBG, on its store.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-30 (Update: 2020-08-30)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.