Epic Games CEO and Founder Tim Sweeney announced an email today confirming that Apple will not consider restoring Epic’s developer program account until the “District Court ruling becomes final and final.” This process can take up to five years, which means fans probably won’t see it Fourteen days return to Apple devices in a moment.
Epic’s lawsuit against Apple began in August 2020 when Fortnites Developer accounts have been disabled in response to Epic offering in-app purchases through its own system. This meant that purchases were being made outside of the app and Apple wouldn’t receive the 30 percent store fee. Apple announced on September 1 that it would move away from this rule and allow apps like Spotify and Netflix to redirect to their own buying pages.
A California court ruled on September 10th that Apple must allow developers to incorporate third-party in-app purchase methods. But Sweeney revealed that earlier today Fourteen days isn’t coming back to iOS devices anytime soon.
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Sweeney shared a screenshot of an email response from an Apple representative stating that Apple “has exercised its discretion not to reintroduce Epic’s developer program at this time.” The email also confirmed that Apple will not consider reinstatement until the court’s ruling becomes “final and non-appealable.” Sweeney stated that exhausting all appeals to court could take as long as a five-year trial.
While this is bad news for Fourteen days Sweeney fans confirmed that Epic will “keep fighting”. But there is no clear indication of when Fourteen days will be returning to Apple devices, so consider other platforms or games for now.