EU looking into Apple’s decision to kill Epic Games’ developer account – TechCrunch

The EU has requested that Apple provide justification for its decision to terminate the developer account of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite. The move, which occurred after Epic attempted to circumvent Apple’s 30% fee on in-app purchases by directing users to its own payment portal, has wider implications for the app ecosystem; the EU has previously taken a stance against Apple’s control over its App Store, while in the US, a judge recently ruled that Apple cannot stop developers from adding links to alternative payment options. The EU has given Apple until 20 August to provide its reasoning, with the possibility of a full-scale investigation if it is not satisfied with the response.

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