Fortnite says gamers can no longer use Apple sign-in system

An illustration photo shows a person logging into Epic Games' Fortnite on their smartphone in Los Angeles.
An illustration photo shows a person logging into Epic Games' Fortnite on their smartphone in Los Angeles.PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Fortnite users will no longer be able to use Apple's sign-in system to log in to the game as early as Friday (Sept 11), the video game maker said.

Apple and Epic Games have been in a legal battle since August, when the maker of the popular video game launched its own in-app payment system.

Apple's App Store requires developers to use Apple's payment system and pay a 30 per cent commission.

The iPhone maker on Thursday filed counter claims against Epic, asking for lost App Store fees and other damages, and seeking an order to stop the game maker from operating its own in-app payment system.