The publisher of Fortnite has asked Apple to restore its developer account in order to launch Fortnite on the App Store in South Korea. Obviously, Apple is strongly opposed to it.
It has been a long time since iPhone users can use Fortnite, removed from the App Store by Apple since the Epic Games sling. Despite the large-scale trial which was held this year, opposing the juggernaut of the video game to the firm to the apple, it is still not expected that Fortnite finds the way of the App Store … even if it tried to clear a way to South Korea.
In a tweet, Epic Games has indeed explicitly asked Apple to find its developer account. The goal: to be able to launch its flagship title, Fortnite, in South Korea. In order to comply with Korean law, the publisher specified in his message that he intended to offer users to pay for their in-app purchases both through the payment system of the App Store but also with his own.
Epic has asked Apple to restore our Fortnite developer account. Epic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side-by-side in compliance with the new Korean law.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 9, 2021
Apple still doesn’t want Fortnite
Despite Epic Games’ willingness to show its feet by complying with the new law that allows App developers to offer their own payment methods in their applications in South Korea, Apple is still firmly opposed to the idea of ‘a return of Fortnite.
In a statement relayed by MacRumors, the Cupertino company explains that it does not want to give in to this request as long as Epic Games does not comply with the rules of the App Store. “As we’ve always said, we would welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agreed to play by the same rules as everyone else. Epic has admitted to having broken the contract and at this time there is no legitimate basis for reestablishing its developer account ” Apple explains.
The Californian company also points out that the famous Korean law on which the arguments of Epic Games are based has not yet entered into force. And even then, it wouldn’t force Apple to reinstate the publisher’s developer account.