Epic Games urges Apple to allow Fortnite re-release in South Korea after new law passed


Fortnite creator Epic Games has asked iPhone maker Apple to restore its Fortnite developer account and intends to re-release the popular game on iOS in South Korea, offering both Epic and Apple payment side side by side, he said in a tweet.

“Epic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side-by-side in accordance with the new Korean law,” he said.

Legal experts and developers around the world are awaiting a decision in an antitrust case Epic filed against Apple in US court.

Epic filed the case last year after implementing its own payment system integrated into Fortnite to avoid fees from Apple. Apple told Epic that the move violated its rules and removed the game from the App Store.

Last week, South Korea’s parliament approved a bill prohibiting major app store operators, including Apple, from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, thereby preventing them from charging commissions on in-app purchases.

Two days later, Apple said it would let certain apps like Netflix provide links to their websites for user payments.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

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