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Apple refuses to host Fortnite in South Korea | Digital Trends Spanish

Following the new law against Google passed in South Korea, Epic Games asked Apple to welcome back to Fortnite on iOS. However, the answer to this was negative once again: the popular video game will continue to be banned from its platforms, at least for now.

South Korea’s anti-Google law indicates that no company will be able to force developers to use the platform’s own stores; in this case, Google Play on Android or the App Store on iOS. Therefore, Epic thought it was a good opportunity to restore their goose that lays golden eggs called Fortnite on iOS, even if it’s only in one country.

Epic has asked Apple to restore our Fortnite developer account. Epic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side-by-side in compliance with the new Korean law.

& mdash; Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 9, 2021

However, Apple refused this request on the same grounds they had to eliminate Fortnite of iOS. In a statement delivered to The Verge, the company behind the iPhone indicated that they are open to receiving Fortnite on their devices “as long as they agree to abide by the same rules as the rest.”

These guidelines are related to the use of the official Apple store and the payment of commissions to which developers who publish applications or games are obliged. “Epic has admitted to a breach of contract, so there is currently no legitimate basis for restoring your developer account.”

This refusal could change in the future, at least in South Korea. Because when the law comes into force, on a date to be determined, Apple’s restrictions on the use of the official store and commissions will be prohibited.

At that time, Apple will not be able to refuse to receive Fortnite again, even if they don’t want to.

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