The court between Apple and Epic Games, the publisher of Fortnite, warms up.
Epic claims that Apple can ban Fortnite from iOS devices for an entire year, Vergen reported Wednesday.
The figure comes from a legal filing from Epic, which cites a letter sent from Apple to Epic, informing them that the Apple developer agreement has been terminated.
“Finally, please note that we will deny your application to the Apple Developer Program for at least one year in view of the nature of your actions,”
Apple previously indicated that Epic’s developer application access would be restored if it removed the in-game payment system from Fortnite.
In August, Epic added a way to buy V-bucks, its currency in the game, in Fortnite app. Apple said that this violates the App Store guidelines, which prohibit developers from launching their own app stores, thus avoiding Apple’s 30 percent cut in purchases.
After Apple banned Fortnite from the App Store, Epic sued, and Apple opposed.
The trial is scheduled for later this month, and the trial could last for one year. Vergen claims. In the archive, Epic claims that “Apple’s retaliation will harm Epic and millions of customers irreparably,” and asks the court to give it a preliminary injunction that will restore Fortnite to the App Store until the trial period is over.
Even after all this, players can still gain access Fortnite on iPhones, provided they had it installed before Apple launched the app from the App Store, although they could not update it.
However, this is getting tougher to do for the day. Earlier today, Epic announced it Fortnite players will no longer be able to use the Apple Sign in to access theirs Fortnite accounts starting Friday.