“Fortnite” users will no longer be able to use Apple Inc’s sign-in system to log in to the game as early as Friday, the video game maker said.
Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers; Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines.
Apple and Epic Games have been in a legal battle since August when the maker of the popular video game launched its own in-app payment system.
Apple’s App Store requires developers to use Apple’s payment system and pay a 30% commission.
The iPhone maker on Thursday filed counterclaims against Epic, asking for lost App Store fees and other damages, and seeking an order to stop the game maker from operating its own in-app payment system.
Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial in its video game, and soon the hashtag “#FreeFortnite” was trending on Twitter.