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Fortnite to Remain Blacklisted from iOS Until all Appeals in Apple vs. Epic are Exhausted

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Earlier this month, a ruling was handed down in the Apple vs. Epic Games case, with good and bad news for both parties. The Fortnite publisher did score at least one major victory, as the judge ruled Apple must let App Store devs link to alternative payment methods. That said, Apple won 9 of the 10 rulings in the case, with the judge rejecting the key notion that Apple is running a monopoly and forcing Epic to pay damages. Epic has since appealed the decision.

It also seems that any notion that Apple might want to smooth over tensions and allow Fortnite back on the App Store is right out the window. According to tweets from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, Apple has indicated they’ll continue to blacklist Fortnite from the App Store until all appeals in the lawsuit are exhausted, which could take years. Check out Sweeney’s full Twitter spiel, below.

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As usual, Sweeney states things in the most inflammatory way possible – while I think some of the things Epic are fighting for are noble, I don’t think Tim ought to be surprised at all that Apple isn’t accepting Fortnite back with open arms. The opening up of alternative payment methods is a potentially major blow to Apple’s App Store revenue, so it’s understandable they’re a bit salty.

We’ll see how this develops, but if you want to play Fortnite on the bus an Android device or Nintendo Switch will probably remain your only options for the foreseeable future.

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Fortnite
Fortnite
USD 58.99
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch
USD 299

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