Don’t expect to see “Fortnite” back on iOS devices anytime soon.
“Fortnite,” probably the biggest game in the world right now, was removed from the iPhone and iPad App Store last year after Epic Games snuck in code through an update that allowed the company to offer in-app purchases without giving Apple it’s 30% commission. Apple pulled “Fortnite” from the App Store in August of last year and canceled its developer program account.
Epic sued Apple. Apple sued Epic. The trial was long and sometimes entertaining, but last week U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers mostly sided with Apple in her ruling. Soon after the ruling, Epic submitted a request to have its developer program account reinstated.
“Epic promises that it will adhere to Apple’s guidelines whenever and wherever we release products on Apple’s platforms,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney wrote in an email to the head of the Apple App Store, which he later published on Twitter this week.
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Apple responded by stating it would not reinstate Epic’s developer account and it would not reconsider that decision until all of Epic’s court appeals have been used up and the court decision becomes final.
“Apple lied,” Sweeney tweeted Wednesday. “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.”
Epic already has appealed last week’s decision, so it’s not overly surprising that Apple would take that stand. Epic and Apple are two of the biggest tech companies in the world, so it’s also hard to feel too bad. 
But there were a lot of people who played “Fortnite” on Apple products, and this decision hurts them. Hopefully, it doesn’t take five years for these two companies to start working nicely together. 
In the end, last week’s court ruling could end up being really good for non-Epic Games app developers working in the iOS ecosystem. The judge did rule that Apple no longer can ban other developers from pointing their customers to other websites to complete transactions away from the App Store and its 30% commission. That is a win for other developers, just not Epic at this time.
Dusty Ricketts can be reached at [email protected] He is currently playing “Aliens: Fireteam Elite.” You can find him through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.

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