Fortnite Banned From Apple Store Amid Legal Battle

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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

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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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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