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Latest: Apple will not ‘make an exception’ for Fortnite in payments row

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Apple has said it “won’t make an exception” for Fortnite as the payments dispute between it and developer Epic Games continues.

The iPhone maker has threatened to revoke Epic’s membership to the Apple Developer Programme over a direct payment option added to Fortnite last week.

The rules on both Apple and Google’s app stores state that purchases made for digital items within an app must be done through Apple or Google’s respective payment system, from which the companies then take a cut of up to 30 per cent.

But Fortnite was removed from both stores after adding an option to Fortnite which allowed users to pay Epic directly for in-app purchases. Apple said the issue was a “problem Epic has created for itself”.

On Monday, Epic said Apple was now threatening to remove the company from its developer programme in the coming weeks, which would affect the firm’s ability to make software for Apple’s iOS and Mac platforms.

In a statement, Apple said it wanted to keep Epic Games in the Developer Programme and that the problem could be resolved if Fortnite was updated, in line with Apple’s rules.

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