Players who log in to their accounts using their Apple ID will soon need to make other plans. The studio announced today that this functionality will disappear on September 11, due to its ongoing legal dispute with Apple. To make sure that you will continue to access your account, you need to log into the “General Settings” page on epicgames.com and update your account with your current e-mail address and a new password. If you are unable to change your password, the “Forgot my password” operation might solve your problem.
Things can get tricky if you don’t update your email address before the Apple ID sign-in option disappears. In this case, Epic can recover your account manually, but you have to contact the company directly to initiate this process.
The dispute between Epic and Apple began in August, when Epic released an update for the iOS version of Fortnite that allowed players to bypass Apple’s payment system. Apple responded by removing the game from the App Store, at which point Epic filed a lawsuit over Apple’s alleged “monopoly practices”. Epic has been given a temporary restraining order. This restriction would prevent it from updating the Unreal Engine on the platform, but the request for Fortnite to be returned to the App Store was denied.
On September 8, Apple filed a counterclaim, accusing Epic of breach of contract (among other things) and demanding “damages, criminal damages, attorneys’ fees, and interest.” He also described Epic’s case as “nothing more than a fundamental dispute over money”, and a series of tweets came earlier today from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney: