Yesterday, Epic Games announced on Twitter that Apple planned to cut the company off from “Sign in with Apple.” It told gamers who used the option for Epic properties to switch over to Epic accounts. In a strange turnaround, now that’s not the case anymore (if it ever was).
If you could sum up the continuing fight between Apple and Epic over money matters in four words, it’d be, “he said, she said.” In Yesterday’s tweet, Epic states that Apple wouldn’t let the company use “Sign in with Apple” after September 11. Today, it’s saying Apple changed its mind and will give it an “indefinite license.”
UPDATE: Apple previously stated they would terminate “Sign In with Apple” support for Epic Games accounts after Sept 11, 2020, but today provided an indefinite extension. We still recommend you prepare your accounts now for “Sign In with Apple” removal. https://t.co/T0Rq0tfrR7
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Despite that fact, Epic is still urging users to switch accounts away from “Sign in With Apple” to Epic’s system, implying that Apple could change its mind again.
But here’s where the “he said, she said,” part comes in: Apple claims it never planned to remove Epic’s license to use “Sign in With Apple.” In a statement to The Verge, Apple explained it was “not doing anything to stop ‘Sign in With Apple’ accounts from working with Epic Games.”
It’s hard to know what the truth here, but one thing is for sure. While these two fight it out over in-app purchases, everyone else will be caught in the crossfire.