EU Investigates Apple’s Decision to Close Epic Games’ Developer Account

The European Union is delving into Apple's recent move to terminate Epic Games' developer account, citing potential violations of three regulations. Epic Games had planned to launch its own app store on iOS in Europe, but Apple's actions have thrown a wrench into those plans.


The European Union is delving into Apple's recent move to terminate Epic Games' developer account, citing potential violations of three regulations. Epic Games had planned to launch its own app store on iOS in Europe, but Apple's actions have thrown a wrench into those plans.

EU Raises Concerns Over Apple's Actions


The European Commission has requested further explanations from Apple under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in response to the termination of Epic Games' developer account. The EU is also evaluating whether Apple's actions may run afoul of the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the platform-to-business regulation (P2B).

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Potential Penalties for Apple


Under the DMA, Apple could face penalties of up to 10% of its global annual turnover for failing to comply with regulations requiring it to permit third-party app stores. The DSA also imposes penalties of up to 6% of global annual turnover for breaches.

Epic Games' Allegations Against Apple


Epic Games has accused Apple of terminating its developer account in retaliation for criticizing Apple's DMA proposal. Apple, on the other hand, claims it was within its rights to terminate the account based on a U.S. court ruling.

Legal Battles Continue


Apple's termination of Epic Games' developer account is not limited to the EU, as it is part of a global agreement. Epic Games continues to litigate against Apple in the U.S. and Australia, further complicating the situation.

EU Commissioner Weighs In


Thierry Breton, the EU's internal market commissioner, has expressed concern over Apple's actions, stating that there is no room for threats by gatekeepers to silence developers under the DMA. He has called for developers to provide feedback on gatekeepers' compliance with regulations.

The investigation into Apple's decision to close Epic Games' developer account continues, with both sides standing firm in their positions. The outcome of this dispute could have far-reaching implications for the relationship between tech giants and developers in the EU and beyond. Stay tuned for updates as the story unfolds.

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