Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Apple to Prevent Users From Signing In to Epic Games After Sept. 11

By Rich Duprey – Sep 10, 2020 at 9:23AM

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

It's another front opened in the battle over App Store commissions.

The battle between Apple (AAPL 0.23%) and Fortnite creator Epic Games continues to escalate as users will no longer be able to sign into their account using "Sign in with Apple" after Sept. 11.

Users will be able to access their Epic Games account if they change their email address before the deadline. But if they delay, they may lose access completely, although Epic says it may be able to recover the account manually.

Fortnite gameplay scene

A scene from Fortnite. Image source: Epic Games.

Epic is challenging Apple's commission scheme for game developers, which takes 30% of any in-app purchases made. While many developers have chafed at the fees -- and they support Epic, which created a work-around to allow users to bypass Apple's paywall and pay it directly -- no one has tried to buck the system before Epic.

Nor has anyone followed suit, either, for fear of losing access to the iOS platform, which is what's happened to Epic as Apple booted it out of the App Store. 

Epic is suing Apple to let it back on, but it could be a difficult hill to climb. And Apple responded by countersuing Epic seeking damages and restitution for all the money Epic collected outside of the Apple ecosystem.

And to turn the screws a little tighter, Apple will now prevent users from accessing their Epic Games accounts using Apple sign-on credentials. 

In a FAQ posted to Epic's website, the game developer says users have until tomorrow to update their email addresses and passwords or risk losing access. While it's more of an inconvenience for users than a fatal blow for Epic, the move highlights the value of the iOS and App Store platform that Apple created for developers.

Rich Duprey has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Invest Smarter with The Motley Fool

Join Over 1 Million Premium Members Receiving…

  • New Stock Picks Each Month
  • Detailed Analysis of Companies
  • Model Portfolios
  • Live Streaming During Market Hours
  • And Much More
Get Started Now

Stocks Mentioned

Apple Inc. Stock Quote
Apple Inc.
$150.77 (0.23%) $0.34

*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.

Related Articles

Motley Fool Returns

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

Market-beating stocks from our award-winning analyst team.

Stock Advisor Returns
S&P 500 Returns

Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 09/27/2022.

Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool's premium services.