Earlier this week, Epic Games announced that Apple would turn off the use of sign-in with the Apple API, which meant that many Fortnite mobile players – those who signed in through Apple’s universal sign-in service – would not be able to sign in to their account all in all. Epic then posted frequently asked questions about account migration.
In a follow-up tweet posted today, Epic now says that Apple has given them an indefinite extension.
The announcement that Apple would withdraw its application with Apple support for Epic Games quickly led to many setbacks in the Apple community. It was viewed as an unnecessary retaliation that caused great inconvenience to Apple̵
Additionally, many app developers rely on services like signing in to Apple with implicit trust. That trust was jeopardized by Apple’s threat to overthrow the ban hammer.
The battle between Apple and Epic Games over the latter’s decision to bypass App Store rules and covertly add a direct purchase option to Fortnite is far from over. Epic is suing Apple for monopolizing power over the App Store. Apple counters Epic Games’ breach of contract. The two companies will appear together in court on September 28th and it will take years to complete a full trial.
Fortnite is currently not available to new players on the iPhone or iPad because Apple removed the game from the App Store. However, the game can still be played for existing users who have already downloaded it. If these users signed in to your Fortnite account using Sign in with Apple Authentication, they can still do so.
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