Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney Takes a Dig at Apple’s Massive Change in Policy as Fortnite Feud Continues

Published 09/02/2021, 9:24 AM EDT


The feud between Fortnite and Apple has been one for the ages. The Epic Games developed title has alleged that the tech giants force developers to pay up massive commission fees to place their services on the App Store. The developers fell into a lot of trouble when they introduced a new payment system that didn’t involve any payments through the App Store. This caused Apple to remove the popular Battle Royale title from iOS, which eventually lead to the legal battle.

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However, things have gone sideways for Apple after the company recently tweaked its policies regarding payment regulations. This has caused the ire of Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, who blasted their attempts to continue using antitrust practices.

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Epic Games Founder blasts Apple as battle with Fortnite nears its end

Tim Sweeney recently tweeted his views on Apple’s decision to change the payment guidelines for the App Store. The iPhone manufacturers revealed an update to the App Store that will allow users of “reader apps” to pay with non-Apple payment methods. The blog post states that the developers of “reader apps” can add an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage their accounts.

It will arrive in 2022, and this has also helped Apple to close a recent investigation with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC).

Sweeney blasted Apple for creating this change in their policy, while the Fortnite feud almost comes to a close. He stated that “reader apps” include a large collection of apps that provide content for digital magazines, books, audio, music, and videos. This includes content subscription providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and many more.

In the post, it states that these “reader apps” do not offer in-app digital goods and services for purchase. However, that can’t be said about services like Amazon Prime, which offers video rentals.

Tim Sweeney calls out Apple’s Divide-and-Conquer approach

Tim Sweeney also observed Apple’s double standards with these changes to their policy. The tech giants have prevented Fortnite from offering payment services without using the App Store because of safety concerns. However, Sweeney believes that by allowing “reader apps” to offer services like this, the company is “compromising safety” as well.

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Sweeney later said in his tweets that Apple is tweaking its rules slightly to protect itself. With this change, the company can now close its investigation with the JFTC. Sweeney believes that they will continue to bend these regulations slightly in the future if they ever find themselves in trouble. However, he believes that the company won’t stop using antitrust practices against other companies, including Epic Games.

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In the end, it seems like Apple will have a hard time justifying these changes to app developers around the world. The legal between Fortnite and Apple has almost come to an end, and it looks like fans will know soon if the hit Battle Royale title will return to iOS or not.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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