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Things are getting even spicier in the battle between Fortnite’s publisher Epic Games and Apple over the latter’s App Store rules.

Apple booted Fortnite out of the store last week after Epic added a new non-Apple payment option, but now Epic is claiming that Apple has threatened to “terminate all our developer accounts and cut Epic off from iOS and Mac development tools”. It has already filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent that happening, claiming that such a move would penalise its separate Unreal Engine business – a games development tool used by lots of developers, not to mention Sony Music’s skunkworks metaverse team.

“If the Unreal Engine can no longer support Apple platforms, the software developers that use it will be forced to use alternatives,” claimed Epic’s latest filing. “We very much want to keep the company as part of the Apple Developer Program and their apps on the Store. The problem Epic has created for itself is one that can easily be remedied if they submit an update of their app that reverts it to comply with the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all developers,” was Apple’s statement in response.

Amid all this, Epic has reportedly had discussions with Spotify about potentially joining a ‘coalition’ of organised opposition to Apple, although the report said that Spotify had not yet agreed to join it.

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Stuart Dredge

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