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Fortnite will stay removed from App Store, Unreal Engine is safe for now

Published: 22:15, 25 August 2020
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Conflict between Epic Games and Apple escalated and the court is now deciding who gets what. For now, Apple gets to keep Fortnite off the App Store while everyone gets to remain uninterrupted with their work in UE.

Epic Games waging war on Apple caused the latter to cut them off completely from iOS devices. Fortnite was removed from the App Store and the tech giant planned to remove all games using Unreal Engine, an act which is severe at best and asinine at worst.

This happened to also be U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers' opinion as well as her rulings saw both parties concede some territory. The judge concluded that Epic Games breached the terms of service on the App Store by adding the option to process in-app purchases directly and bypass Apple's cut.

Therefore, she upheld Apple's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store so it will remain absent from iOS devices for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, Apple didn't take the entire win home either.

Their decision to punish literally everyone who used or planned on using Unreal Engine, including third-party developers, was just blatantly ridiculous and this part has been overruled by the judge. In other words, developers who dedicated work in UE will be safe and will be able to put their games on the App Store in the future while those who already have them there will not run into any additional trouble.

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Overall, the parties who are definitely at a loss after the rulings are Epic Games since their game can no longer be featured on the storefront and iOS gamers themselves, who will not be able to play Fortnite on their hardware.

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