Epic and Apple are fighting over money, and the real losers are the players caught in the middle. This is all the more evident in Apple̵
The game company announced the change today via Twitter, blaming Apple. If you previously used Sign In with Apple with your Epic account, please make sure your email address and password are up to date. Because after September 11th, “Sign in with Apple” will no longer work.
Apple will no longer allow users to sign in to Epic Games accounts using “Sign in with Apple” beginning September 11, 2020. If you’ve used Sign In with Apple, please make sure your email address and password are up to date. https://t.co/4XZX5g0eaf
– Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) September 9, 2020
To work through this process, Epic has put together a help page with all of the steps required. Essentially, you need to convert your account to an Epic account from Apple and do it before September 11th. So don’t wait.
The two companies are essentially fighting over money; Epic doesn’t want to pay Apple’s 30% cut on in-app purchases. While Epic claims it is fighting for smaller developers, the bigger truth is that a 30% cut is a significant change for the game giant.
Epic tried to bypass the fee by adding its own payment option without Apple’s permission, and was kicked off Apple’s App Store for its efforts. While a judge prevented Apple from injuring itself Unreal engine, Epics games stay in store.
This latest move by Apple seems petty, even if Apple broke contracts. After all, Apple positions “Sign in with Apple” as a security and privacy feature, a “better than” similar offer from Google and Facebook.
It doesn’t haunt you in the same way as the latter two, so the promise is true to some extent. But if security and privacy are so important to the company, it’s hardly off-putting to see Apple forcibly removing that protection from users caught in the middle of a battle.