Did Epic Ask Apple for a Special Contract?

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Did Epic ask Apple for a special contract between the two giants?  You be the judge.  The fight between Epic Games and Apple continues to heat up as both are firing across each other’s bow after Apple bans Fortnite from the App Store.  On Friday, Apple accused Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney of asking for a special deal prior to the update to Fortnite that caused the removal from the App Store.  In the email to Apple, Tim Sweeney bluntly spells out that if Apple doesn’t comply with Epic’s request, they will release an updated version of Fortnite that gives gamers a choice of which store to buy from.

A few hours later, Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, fired back via Twitter stating; “Apple’s statement is misleading. You can read my email in Apple’s filing, which is publicly available. I specifically said in Epic’s request to the Apple execs, “We hope that Apple will also make these options equally available to all iOS developers…” and added a copy of the letter (below).

Before requiring a response within two weeks, Sweeney requested, “Apple would need to provide a side letter or alter its contracts and standards documents to remove such restrictions to allow Epic to provide a competing app store and competing payment procession options to iOS customers.”, which clearly appears to be asking for a special set of rules for them.  Granted, they did wish that these requested changes would be made “equally to all iOS developers.” 

Apple responded, not by email, but in writing from legal counsel basically saying no and explaining, “The email was disappointing and requires a formal response.”  Despite Apple’s six-page response saying no, Sweeney and Epic Games rolled out Epic direct payments, circumventing Apple’s App Store Guidelines that they agreed to and acknowledged in the original letter. Sweeney, in response to the letter, sent the following email to Apple’s execs:

There is no doubt this is going to get much more interesting as the months play on.  In fact, Epic Games has launched Fortnite #freefortnitecup which starts August 23rd.  As per the announcement, this will be the last time that everyone can play together, as Season 4 starts on August 27th, which will require an update, that iOS devices will not get due to the restrictions in place.

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What do you think?  Who do you feel is right?  Are either of them right?  What’s the possible or probable outcome?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Kevin May (TheCleverPotato)

I’m not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand. Epics move is sort of a dick move. I mean it was totally meant to antagonize Apple. At the same time… Apple has become the controlling behemoth that is rebeled against in its “1984” superbowl ad….

[…] sales tactics. Not too long ago, Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, contacted Apple via email to request Apple to reconsider allowing Epic Games to include their own Fortnite in-app store to circumvent App…. Apple fired back in a legal letter from staff counsel telling Epic Games in short, […]

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