Apple reverses decision to terminate Epic Games developer account

Apple has withdrawn its earlier decision to terminate the Epic Games account on its services. According to an update on the Epic Games blog, Apple has stated that the Epic Games account will be reinstated.

Apple terminated Epic Games’ account last week, citing tweets from Epic boss Tim Sweeney criticizing Apple’s business practices. Prior to this, the European Union obliged Apple to allow third-party apps and app stores on its platforms.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple was forced to follow the European Union’s DMA policy, which in turn allowed Epic Sweden to sign a developer agreement and be accepted into the Apple Developer Program.

Apple informed us and promised the European Commission that they would reinstate our developer account. This sends a signal to developers that the European Commission will act quickly to enforce the Digital Markets Act and hold them accountable. We are moving forward as planned to launch the Epic Games Store and bring Fortnite back to iOS in Europe. Forward!

The DMA referenced by Epic Games essentially positions Apple as an overseer who must allow other apps and app stores to come onto their platforms.

Even though Apple owns its platform, the law essentially wants to prevent a single entity from being the sole distributor of applications, content or information on a single platform, trying to prevent a monopoly from forming on that front.

If Apple had not changed course in its plans, it would have violated the DMA, which would have resulted in incredibly high fines for the company if it wanted to continue operating in Europe.