“Apple Lied” – Epic’s Tim Sweeney Claims Fortnite “Blacklisted” From App Store Despite Court Decision

“Apple Lied” – Epic’s Tim Sweeney Claims Fortnite “Blacklisted” From App Store Despite Court Decision

Apple’s calculated decision to loosen rules around third-party payments over the summer to try and protect its public image has just been exposed as a cynical ploy by Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, who revealed in a series of tweets Thursday that Apple had permanently banned Epic’s Fortnite is being “blacklisted” from Apple’s app store and ecosystem.

The decision comes less than two weeks after a judge ruled that Apple’s rules prohibiting app developers from using third-party payments were indeed anti-competitive in a long-awaited decision that Apple

“Apple lied. Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they’d welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else,” Sweeney wrote. “Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.”

Apple lied. Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they’d “welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else”. Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

Sweeney’s accusatory tweet kicked off a lengthy thread where he also accused Apple of hurting competition among players in the iOs “metaverse”, amounting to a loss for “fair competition and consumer choice”.

Just last week, Epic agreed with Apple that we would play by the same rules as everyone else. pic.twitter.com/WOxsbnAFXE

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

This is another extraordinary anticompetitive move by Apple, demonstrating their power to reshape markets and choose winners and losers.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

It’s also a loss for fair competition and consumer choice. The loss of Fortnite as an iOS metaverse competitor alongside Roblox and PUBG Mobile has significant implications for the evolution of the new medium of our era.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

Sweeney continues on to address all of Apple’s “excuses” for blacklisting Fortnite.

Why did Apple break its promise to allow Fortnite back under its rules? Apple cites three reasons: 1) they won, 2) Epic “statements since the court’s decision”, and 3) the way we launched direct payments in 2020.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

What “statements” are we talking about here? All Apple cites is a quote they fabricated, claiming I said said Epic “[w]ouldn’t trade [an alternative payment system] away to get Fortnite back on iOS.”

What did I actually say?https://t.co/fedkyNm3RV

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

If Apple is now blacklisting companies for making statements, where does that policy lead them? To ban Spotify? Match? The New York Times?

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

Fortnite should not be blacklisted for challenging an agreement containing terms the court found to be unlawful which Apple forces on all developers as terms of access to iOS. We’ll fight on. The need for regulatory and legislative action is clearer than ever before. pic.twitter.com/3oEhppg2AS

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021

Bottom line: Apple clearly has no interest in allowing Fortnite back while Epic continues to appeal the court’s recent decision, a lengthy legal process which Sweeney estimates could keep Fortnite out of the App Store – and unavailable to millions of users – for another five years or more.

Tyler Durden
Wed, 09/22/2021 – 17:00

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