Apple Features PUBG In App Store The Same Day It Was To Terminate Epic’s Developer Account

One of Fortnite’s biggest competitor, PUBG, is receiving beneficial publicity in the App Store amidst the legal battle between Apple and Epic Games. If you had happened to have opened the App Store today, you would’ve seen an editorial story promoting the PUBG Mobile App.

The App Store featured PUBG on the same day Apple was to terminate Epic’s developer account initially. The irony lies in the fact that PUGB Mobile is actually built with Epic’s Unreal Engine.

Epic had informed users about Apple’s intention to terminate Fortnite’s developer account on August 28. This was after Epic added a direct payment option on the Fortnite App to which Apple had responded by removing Fortnite from the App Store.

Following the filing of the lawsuit, a judge ruled this week that Apple is not obligated to allow Fortnite back on the App Store, but it also cannot terminate any developer accounts relating to the Unreal Engine or other Epic properties. Epic had argued that it has several developer accounts, including the one specific for Fortnite, so Apple cannot terminate the ones relating to the Unreal Engine.

Apple had said that it will only allow Fortnite back on the App Store if Epic removes the direct payment feature that violates Apple’s In-App Purchase system. On the contrary, Epic doesn’t seem to be interested in doing so.

The removal of Fortnite from the App Store and the termination of the associated developer account is bad news for Fortnite players as they will no longer receive any App updates. Moreover, they will also lose support for cross-platform gameplay, which is a key feature of these types of battle royale games.