“Fortnite” has been blacklisted from Apple’s App Store: report

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According to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, “Fortnite” could be banned from the App Store for five years.

Over the past two years, Fortnite completely blossomed into a pop culture sensation. The free online game has become so popular that it has been able to solidify partnerships with heavyweights in the entertainment industry like Travis Scott, Will Smith and J Balvin.

However, Fortnite now has a major hurdle to overcome in order to continue to compete with its competitors in the mobile gaming industry.

According to HYPEBEAST, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney revealed on Wednesday that Apple had indeed blacklisted Fortnite from the App Store. This development follows an increasingly tense back-and-forth between Epic Games and Apple that dates back to August 2020, when Epic Games reportedly updated the Fortnite IOS app to allow gamers to bypass Apple’s in-app payment processor and pay Epic directly.

The move led Apple to take legal action against Epic Games, and although the case has since been settled, Sweeney says Apple has refused to bring Fortnite return to the App Store, despite Epic Games’ agreement to adhere to Apple’s terms and conditions.

In revealing the emails exchanged between him and Apple App Store manager Phil Schiller, Tim Sweeney provided receipts for Fortnite fans who wanted to know why the game was still not available on the App Store. According to Sweeney, “Apple lied” and “gave up yet another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.”

Sweeney then summarized the contents of the emails of his 167.5,000 subscribers and explained that due to Apple’s decision to wait “until all legal remedies have been exhausted”, Fortnite could potentially be banned from the App Store for five years, which could cause irreparable damage to Fortnite in terms of tracking its competitors Roblox and PUBG Mobile.

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Stay tuned to see how the Fortnite and the Apple drama continues to unfold.

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