Fortnite Banned From Apple Store Amid Legal Battle

Since Thursday, Fortnite is blacklisted, due to a disagreement between Epic Games and Apple.

The Legal Dispute

Last year, Fortnite launched its own in-app payment system, to avoid the 30% commission on in-app purchases, thus violating the policies. 

Epic blamed Apple for maintaining a monopoly, inflating prices, and overpowering the free-market competition.

In September, the court ruled that the smartphone giant should allow developers to put “buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms” in their products. They are also now able to use the information provided in their apps to communicate with users.

While not exactly a win for Epic, that was counted as a step in the right direction.

Later, the game developer agreed to follow the rules of the Apple Store. In return, Apple had to allow users to download products from the company.

But Apple didn’t follow through with the agreement. It blamed Epic for concealing a code and breaching a code.

Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder, tweeted: “Apple lied. Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they’d “welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else”. Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.”

As a result, Fortnite is still blacklisted. It will remain so, until the exhaustion of all court appeals. The process itself could take years.

Fortnite is one of the most popular mobile phone games. It has a daily revenue of up to $1 million just from in-app purchases. 

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