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Epic Asks Apple To Restore Fortnite On App Store In Compliance With New South Korean Law

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Following a new law in South Korea that forces Apple and Google to accept alternative payment options, Epic Games has asked Apple to authorize the restoration of Fortnite on the App Store in South Korea. If Apple allows Fortnite to be re-released on iOS in Korea, Epic Games will be prompting users to choose between paying through Epic or Apple’s services.

A new South Korean law amends the country’s Telecommunications Business Law to prohibit large app store operators from requiring the use of their own payment services. The law also prohibits these app store operators like Apple and Google from delaying app approval or unfairly denying them access to their markets. Failure to comply with this new law could result in a fine of up to 3% of the company’s revenue in South Korea.

In a statement to reporters, Apple said it had denied Epic’s request. The law is very new, so a company needs time to assess what actions it should take to comply with it.

Fortnite was removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in August 2020, prompting Epic Games to sue both companies. So far, the company has not asked to restore its game to Google Play.

Apple has confirmed that from next year, it will avoid paying a 30 percent commission when signing up for an app / service through the App Store to developers around the world.

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