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Apple Asked by Epic Games to Allow Fortnite’s Re-Release in South Korea Following Passage of New Law

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-by-side, it 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 compliance with the new Korean law,” it said.

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

Epic filed the case last year after it implemented its own in-app payment system in Fortnite to avoid Apple’s commissions. Apple told Epic that the move had violated its rules and kicked the game off the App Store.

  • Apple Loosens App Store Payment Rules for Netflix, Others

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

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

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

  • Apple’s App Store Chief Kicks Off iPhone Maker’s Defence at Epic Games Trial

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