Apple released a press release explaining that Epic broke its developer agreement by allowing this, as unlocked features in an app that need payment must be handled via the platforms in-app purchases, therefore giving Apple a cut of the revenue.
Epic enabled a feature in its app which wasn’t reviewed or approved by Apple, and that they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to each developer who sells digital goods or services, the statement read.
Apple added it, will make every effort to figure with Epic to resolve these violations in order that they can return Fortnite to the App Store.
It seems Epic Games was planning for this, as moments after the title’s removal from the App Store, the corporate filed a lawsuit against Apple. Legal papers requesting an injunction against Apple’s decision to get rid of Fortnite argues that Apple’s App Store practices are monopolistic and anti-competitive.
This news isn’t the sole issue that’s arisen for Apple and its App Store recently, because the company is currently butting heads with long-time competitor Microsoft and therefore the execution of the Xbox’s cloud gaming on the platform. Similar issues regarding strict rules for Apple’s walled garden have prevented the upcoming service from coming to iOS within the manner with which it had been intended.