Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney Outlines Exactly When Fortnite Will Return to Apple Store After Court Ruling

Published 09/11/2021, 7:40 AM EDT


After almost 12 months of court arguments and legal issues, the Epic Games and Apple saga has finally ended. On Friday, a US Judge gave her ruling on the matter which stemmed from Epic’s popular Battle Royale title in Fortnite. The ruling gives both favorable and unfavorable decisions for both Apple and Epic Games.

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Following the decision, Epic Games chief Tim Sweeney gave his remarks on the ruling. Along with that, he also gave fans an update on whether the should except to see Fortnite in iOS devices soon.

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Fortnite developers to continue their fight against Apple for fair competition

US district court judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers gave the long-awaited decision following a 12-month court battle of epic proportions. The ruling stated that Apple didn’t have a monopoly for controlling the App Store. However, iPhone manufacturers can’t stop developers from using their own payment options by linking to their websites.

This means that Epic Games can offer microtransactions for cosmetic items to players and they can pay them through their website directly. The developers had used this method to avoid the high 30% commission from Apple by using their payment options. But, the company then removed the Battle Royale game for not following their guidelines. This eventually became the starting point of one of the most high-profile gaming legal battles of all time.

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Will the game arrive soon on iOS devices?

Following the ruling, Tim Sweeney took to Twitter to talk about the future of Fortnite on iOS. He stated that the developers continue fight against Apple for fair competition in-app payments. This would mean that they might appeal this decision for a much more favorable ruling. Along with that, he also shared some news about Fortnite’s impending return to iOS devices. Sweeney mentioned that the developers will only add the game back on the App Store after the company can offer their own in-app payment system.

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The decision by Epic Games would mean that Fortnite players would have to wait a bit longer to see the game’s return on iOS devices. This might mean months or even years if both companies appeal this decision, and it’s currently unknown when the popular Battle Royale might finally be available for Apple users.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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