As the Epic vs Apple battle rages on in the US, in South Korea the updated Telecommunication Business Act passed in late August means that Epic can now use their own payment system.
The new law while not having gone into full effect would require that both app stores i.e. Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store, allow third-party payment systems for developers.
In compliance with this law, Epic now plans to offer payment for the new release Fortnite on both Epic payment and Apple payment, according to their official Fortnite Twitter 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
To do this, the company has requested Apple to restore its developer account on iOS after it was banned in 2020 for linking their own payment system on their website. This was a direct violation of Apple’s in-app purchase requirement and is the cause of a legal dispute that has been raging in California Courts for much of this year.
The US game developer confirmed this request in a tweet:
“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.”
Apple however denied the request until Epic agrees to “play by the same rules as everyone else.” The company added that even if the law passes, Apple is under no obligation to allow Epic back into the App Store.
“As we’ve said all along, we would welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else. Epic has admitted to breaching of contract and as of now, there’s no legitimate basis for the reinstatement of their developer account.” Said an Apple spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.
Despite the new law coming into effect, Apple is adamant not to let Epic back to the App Store. This is perhaps inspired more by the battle going on back at home where the two are locked in a legal battle over payment systems.