On Friday, the company responded for the first time to game developer Epic Games accusing it of “suspected anticompetitive behavior in controlling the app store.”. < p > < p > Apple told the court that, as the developer of Fortress night, Epic Games violated Apple’s rules and should not temporarily put the game back on the shelves when the two parties are in court. < / P > < p > Apple said that Epic Games had sought an individual arrangement with apple, as evidenced by three emails from Tim Sweeney, CEO of the game company. < / P > < p > Sweeney said earlier this month that epic did not seek to enter into “special deals” with apple that other IOS app manufacturers could not obtain. Apple has threatened to revoke its developer account, which means that Epic Games will not be able to develop applications on the app store platform, apple said on Monday. < / P > < p > Epic Games formally challenged Apple earlier this month by introducing a new payment option for fortress night to circumvent the internal purchase bonus rule in the app store. Apple later removed fortress night from its app store, claiming it violated its rules, while Epic Games sued apple in an attempt to force it to change its business practices. Apple said it would delete the game maker’s developer account on August 28, when Epic Games will not be able to release new games or updates to current applications, according to apple.