The Fortnite mobile community will hopefully get to enjoy the current season of Fortnite on their iOS devices sooner than later.
Apple removed Epic Games’ Battle Royale game, Fortnite from the App Store in August 2020. This was after the developer implemented its own in-app payment system that bypassed Apple’s standard 30 percent fee.
Shortly after the removal, Epic Games released a carefully calculated series of responses. These included an antitrust lawsuit seeking to establish Apple’s App Store as a monopoly, and a protest video that aired on YouTube and within the game mocking the iPhone maker’s iconic 1984 ad. Epic Games also called on gaming fans to #FreeFornite by supporting the fight against Apple.
In an exclusive statement to The Verge, Apple said that it plans to work with Epic Games to resolve the violations. Apple added that it has no intention to create a special arrangement for the company. Shortly after, Epic Games called for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Apple from taking actions against it. Apple was against the proposed injunction, saying that Epic Games would not be in this situation if it has not broken the contract terms. Epic Games isn’t just asking the court to block Apple’s banning of Fortnite, it is also alleging that Apple holds an unlawful and anti-competitive monopoly.
After countless rumors, it is believed that Apple and Epic Games are close to settling their dispute. According to reports, the trial between the companies was in the first week of May 2021. This could potentially result in a final settlement between the two parties. iOS players have no other choice than to wait for the end of the legal battle, as Fortnite is still banned from the Apple Store.
Epic Games implemented its own payment system in the Android version as well, forcing Google to take similar action against it by removing the game from the Play Store. Android users can, however, still download Fortnite using Epic’s own app launcher, which can be independently distributed through any mobile web browser.
“While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge in August 2020.