Fortnite won’t be coming back to the iOS App Store anytime soon, according to for series From emails posted on Twitter by Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games.
Epic Games’ iOS developer account was suspended due to the company’s willful violations of App Store guidelines in August 2020, paving the way for the companies’ court battle.
But in the wake of the ruling earlier this month, the status of Epic Games’ apps for iOS – and especially Fortnite – has been unclear.
Emails, whether via Twitter or the Epic Games blog, indicate that it’s unlikely Epic Games’ various apps will return to the App Store for the foreseeable future.
A letter posted by Sweeney on September 21 and sent by attorneys representing Apple states that the iPhone maker will not re-account the developer Epic Games until the appeals are resolved. It is a process that may take years.
The message reads: Apple has exercised its discretion not to recalculate the Epic Games Developer Program at this time. Moreover, Apple will not consider any further requests to restore the status quo. This is until the court’s ruling becomes final and not subject to appeal.
The letter notes that Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has concluded that the company has the rights to terminate any Epic Games-related accounts it wishes from the App Store. Epic Games has paid monetary damages for breach of contract.
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Apple won’t bring back Fortnite anytime soon
The appeal path on the case is still in flux. Epic Games announced its intention to appeal parts of the ruling it lost. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court has not yet agreed to consider the case.
The iPhone maker said it was still studying its options for legal appeal. However, the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, told employees after the ruling that he was looking forward to moving forward after the ruling.
In his writing on Twitter. Sweeney framed Apple’s refusal as a betrayal of its previous pledge to bring back Epic Games once the company agreed to follow the App Store guidelines.
Sweeney wrote: Apple lied. It spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press that they would welcome Epic Games back in the App Store if we agreed to the same rules as everyone else. It is an abuse of its monopoly power over more than a billion users.
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