Is Fortnite About to Return to the Apple Store Following the Latest Development?

Published 09/10/2021, 11:30 AM EDT


It’s been over a year since Fortnite was banned from the Apple App Store. As per Cupertino giant, when Epic launched its own in-app payment mode in Fortnite to bypass Apple’s commissions last year, it breached Apple’s policies. This led to Apple banning Fortnite completely from the App Store. In return, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the latter misuses its supremacy in the mobile apps segment.

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That said, a recent tweet by Epic Games might act as a glimmer of hope for all the players waiting for Fortnite’s return to iOS devices.

Is Fortnite coming back to iOS?

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While we still await the court’s final verdict on the Epic vs Apple litigation, Epic’s recent tweet has spurred some discussions regarding Fortnite’s return to iOS. You can check out the tweet below.

As per the tweet, Epic has requested Apple to revive their Fortnite developer account once again. The company is aiming to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea, South Korea to be precise. Recently, South Korea’s parliament passed a bill that forbids influential app store operators from requiring software developers to utilize their payment systems. This will enable Epic to manage their in-app payments alongside Apple. 

Apple refuses Epic’s plea to reinstate developer account in South Korea

Following this, Apple came out with some pretty resolute answers. According to Apple, Epic Games has to abide by Apple’s App Store review guidelines. Or else, the company won’t grant any appeals for reinstatement of Epic Games’ developer program account.

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In an emailed statement, the iPhone manufacturer stated, “We would welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else,” as quoted by Reuters.

The company asserted that regardless of whether the South Korean act was to become a law, Apple would not be obliged to allow any developer program account application.

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This is a clear statement from Apple, which shows that the former is in no mood to provide Epic Games a chance of a comeback. Rather, it too wants to wait for the final verdict of the antitrust lawsuit Epic Games had filed against Apple in a U.S. court. So players looking to play Fortnite on their iOS devices will have to wait a little longer.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

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An eSports writer for EssentialySports, Shubhendu is a BTech IT graduate who was working with SecureKloud as a cloud engineer. Meanwhile, he was also writing feature articles for Sportskeeda. He loves to immerse himself in playing GTA and playing Call of Duty.

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