Epic Games Vows to Dispute Apple's User Interface Change Demand

By Jace Dela Cruz

Jul 08, 2024 05:25 AM EDT

Epic Games has announced its intention to challenge Apple's demand regarding changes to its user interface. Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney described the situation as turning "towards the absurd." 

This illustration picture shows the logo from Epic Games displayed on a laptop and an Apple Logo on an iPhone in Arlington, Virginia on April 30, 2021.

Epic Games to Dispute Apple's User Interface Change Demand

According to Epic, Apple has informed some media outlets that although the current Epic Games Store (EGS) iOS app has been approved for notarization, the tech giant still demands Epic Games to change the user interface in a future version. The company plans to contest this requirement.

"Apple is now telling reporters that this approval is temporary and are demanding we change the buttons in the next version - which would make our store less standard and harder to use. We'll fight this," Tim Sweeney said in an X post. 

Epic has a history of disputes with Apple over the company's revenue-sharing policies in the App Store. Despite losing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple last year, Epic's criticisms have supported another lawsuit filed against Apple in March by the Department of Justice and 17 state attorneys general.

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Digital Markets Act

The recent Digital Markets Act in Europe seemed to permit Epic Games to introduce its Epic Games Store on iOS and return Fortnite to the platform with reduced fees to Apple.

Despite this, Apple reportedly turned down the game store twice, pointing to its similarity with the App Store, specifically regarding the "install" and "in-app purchase" buttons.

After Epic publicly criticized Apple's denials as arbitrary and obstructive and raised these issues with European regulators, Apple approved the game store but insisted that changes would be required in a future update. 

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