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Apple allows Epic Games Store app on iOS

Apple allows Epic Games Store app on iOS
Apple allows Epic Games Store app on iOS

After a long and dramatic legal battle, Apple has allowed Epic Games to launch its own third-party app store for iOS in Europe.

Epic Games and Apple have been locked in a bitter legal battle since 2020 after Epic Games accused the San Cupertino-based company of restrictions it places on other in-app purchase methods and the share the company receives of App Store downloads. The lawsuit, originally filed in California, was largely won by Apple, but things are a little different in Europe. A number of developers, including Epic, protested Apple’s practices on its App Store. One developer said, “Apple extorts app providers like the mafia,” according to a report. Wired.

But it seems that the bitter battle is finally coming to an end. Apple has finally allowed Epic Games to open its own marketplace for third-party apps, but it hasn’t been an easy road for Epic.

(Hero image: Epic Games FB)

The Epic Games Store will be available on iOS after Apple approved the app in Europe

Photo credit: Fortnite FB

The tech giant was forced to allow third-party app stores in March this year by newly adopted rules in the Digital Makers Act in the EU. This is not the first time Apple has given in to EU rules: the company had to ditch its Lightning charger and replace it with USB-C in the iPhone 15 due to an EU law.

Epic Games then submitted an iOS version of the Epic Games Store, which includes games like Fourteen daysto Apple. However, the company rejected the app twice, citing similarities between the buttons in Epic Games’ app.

Epic, as expected, did not react very kindly, and took to the platform formerly known as Twitter to air its complaints. “Apple has now rejected our request for notarization for the Epic Games Store twice,” the company tweeted. “Apple’s rejection is arbitrary, obstructive, and in violation of the DMA, and we have shared our concerns with the European Commission.”

The appeal was successful. Less than a day later, Epic announced that their request had now been accepted. HypebeastAccording to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, the permission is only temporary, but also defiantly stated: “We will fight against it.”

There is no word yet on when the Epic Games Store will finally be available for download on iOS.

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The information in this article is correct as of the date of publication.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok

Note:

The information in this article is correct as of the date of publication.