‘Fortnite’ blacklisted from Apple App Store after lawsuit

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Don’t expect to see “Fortnite” back on iOS devices anytime soon.

“Fortnite,” arguably the biggest game in the world right now, was removed from the App Store for iPhone and iPad last year after Epic Games snuck in the code via an update that allowed the company to offer in-app purchases without giving Apple it’s 30% commission. Apple removed “Fortnite” from the App Store in August of last year and canceled its developer program account.

Epic sued Apple. Apple sued Epic. The trial was long and at times entertaining, but last week U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers mostly sided with Apple in her decision. Shortly after the ruling, Epic submitted a request to reinstate its developer program account.

“Epic promises that it will adhere to Apple’s guidelines whenever we release products to Apple’s platforms,” ​​Epic CEO Tim Sweeney wrote in an email to head of. Apple’s App Store, which he then posted on Twitter this week.

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Apple responded by stating that it will not reinstate Epic’s developer account and that it will not reconsider that decision until all of Epic’s legal remedies have been exhausted and the court ruling is in place. not final.

“Apple lied,” Sweeney tweeted Wednesday. “Apple spent a year telling the world, the court and the press that they would ‘welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agreed to play by the same rules as everyone else.” Epic a accepted, and now Apple has given up on yet another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users. “

Epic has already appealed last week’s ruling, so it’s no surprise that Apple is taking that position. Epic and Apple are two of the biggest tech companies in the world, so it’s also hard to feel too bad.

But there were a lot of people playing “Fortnite” on Apple products, and this decision pains them. Hopefully it won’t take five years for these two companies to start working well together.

Dusty Ricketts

Ultimately, last week’s court ruling could be really good for non-Epic Games app developers working in the iOS ecosystem. The judge ruled that Apple can no longer prohibit other developers from directing their customers to other websites to transact outside of the App Store and its 30% commission. This is a victory for the other developers, but not for Epic at the moment.

Dusty Ricketts can be contacted at [email protected] He is currently playing “Aliens: Fireteam Elite”. You can find him through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.


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