Epic’s Fortnite is not currently in Apple’s App Store, but the company wants to return. This was posted on a tweet of the official Fortnite account referring to a recently passed law in South Korea in which companies like Apple and Google are now forced to accept third-party payments in their app stores.
For those unfamiliar, one of the problems Epic had with Apple was that they reduced purchases through the app, which 30% of them thought was too much. Then they tried to bypass the App Store, which led to the launch of the game, which led them to sue Apple for it. The case is still ongoing, but Epic now hopes new laws in Korea will help them bring the game back to iOS devices, at least as far as the Korean market is concerned.
Epic has asked Apple to return our Fortnite developer account. Epic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea by offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side by side under the new Korean law.
– Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 9, 2021
It is currently unclear how Apple will approach third-party payments in Korea. This is because it is practically inaudible. Since the founding of the App Store, Apple has only used its payments and instructed developers to use it. However, only this year have we seen Apple somehow give in to the area.
The company said developers are now allowed to notify users via email that there are alternative payment methods. They also allow reader applications to include a link to external websites to manage their accounts. None of this Apple actually supports third-party payment support, but we assume that’s the whole point.
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