Court Denies Epic’s Request To Temporarily Restore Fortnite On Apple App Store Before Season 4

Court has denied Epic Game’s request to temporarily restore Fortnite on the Apple App Store. Which means IOS players will be missing out on the new season 4 update.

Epic Games introduced a payment method that bypassed the Apple store payment method. It allowed players to pay directly through a direct payment system. Apple then removed Fortnite from a Billion Apple devices. Epic Games responded with a lawsuit against Apple, the anti-Apple video, and the #FreeFortnite movement on Twitter.

Apple payment vs Direct payment
Credit: Epic games

Apple later tried to block Epic’s development accounts on the Apple app store. Doing this means that all apps that use the Unreal Engine will not get any new updates. Epic Games has filed a restraining order against Apple so they don’t remove Unreal Engine support from all apps.

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Fortnite won’t Be Returning To Apple Devices Just yet

According to a Bloomberg article, Apple does not have to immediately restore Fortnite on the App store. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’s denied Epic’s request to temporarily restore Fortnite on the app store on Monday morning at the first hearing of the Apple VS Epic lawsuit. The lawsuit was shared via a public Zoom call.

Her reason for not allowing Fortnite back on Apple devices was that Fortnite broke the TOS of Apple store by adding a direct payment method without Apple’s approval. She set a date for the new hearing on 28th August at Epic’s request.

Unreal Engine Granted Relief

Apple also tried to block Epic’s development account on IOS platforms. This would mean that all apps that take advantage of Unreal Engine will be unable to get any update or support from Apple. So many developers would be in trouble if Apple blocks the Unreal Engine.

The Judge ruled in favor of Epic’s restraining order to stop Apple from blocking Unreal Engine. Judge Rogers wrote in her ruling, “Epic Games and Apple are at liberty to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not create havoc to bystanders.” according to Bloomberg’s article. She also said that by limiting Unreal Engine Apple has decided to act severely which might hurt other developers who use Epic’s engine.

Who Won The First Hearing?

According to U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, the case wasn’t a slam for either party. She also said that the temporary restraining order won’t dictate the final outcome of the case.

Now we will need to wait until the next Apple Vs Epic hearing to know if Fortnite will ever be making a return to the Apple app store.

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