Earlier this week, Epic Games said Apple would stop using the Sign In API with Apple, which meant that many mobile Fortnite players, those who had signed up through Apple’s Universal Sign In service, would not be were able to log into their account. altogether. Epic later released the Account Migration FAQ.
In a follow-up tweet posted today, Epic now says Apple has given them an indefinite extension.
The announcement that Apple would withdraw access with Apple support for Epic Games quickly led to a lot of backlash in the Apple community. It was seen as an unnecessary retaliatory action that caused a lot of inconvenience to Apple̵
Also, many app developers depend on services like Sign in with Apple with Implied Trust. That trust was jeopardized by Apple’s threat to drop the hammer of the ban.
The battle between Apple and Epic Games over the latter’s decision to circumvent the App Store rules and secretly add a direct purchase option to Fortnite is far from over. Epic is suing Apple for exercising monopoly power over the App Store, Apple counter for breach of contract by Epic Games. The two companies are expected to appear in court together on September 28 and it will take years to resolve a full trial.
As things stand, Fortnite is not available for new players on the iPhone or iPad as Apple removed the game from the App Store. However, the game is still playable for existing users who have already downloaded it. And if those users have logged into your Fortnite account using Sign in with Apple Authentication, they will be able to continue doing so.
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