In a significant development for the gaming community, Epic Games has announced plans to reintroduce the popular game Fortnite to iOS devices in Europe. This move comes in the wake of Apple’s decision to allow third-party app stores on its platform, a policy change that has been implemented in response to new regulations in the European Union.
Fortnite, a widely popular game developed by Epic Games, was removed from the Apple App Store in 2020. This action was taken after Epic Games encouraged users to make in-app purchases through third-party payment systems, a move that violated Apple’s App Store policies. The removal of Fortnite from the App Store sparked a multi-year legal battle between Apple and Epic Games, which is still ongoing.
Despite the ongoing legal dispute, Epic Games has announced its intention to bring Fortnite back to iOS devices in Europe. This will be facilitated through the upcoming Epic Games Store for iOS, a new platform that has been made possible by Apple’s recent policy change.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has been vocal in his criticism of Apple’s new policies, referring to them as a “devious new instance of malicious compliance”. Despite this, the company remains determined to launch the Epic Games Store on iOS and compete with the App Store.
The return of Fortnite to iOS devices in Europe marks a significant moment in the ongoing saga between Epic Games and Apple. It remains to be seen how this development will impact the broader relationship between the two companies, and whether it will lead to further changes in Apple’s App Store policies.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a popular online video game developed by Epic Games. It is known for its battle royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in player versus player combat to be the last one standing.
Why was Fortnite removed from the Apple App Store?
Fortnite was removed from the Apple App Store in 2020 after Epic Games violated Apple’s policies by encouraging users to make in-app purchases through third-party payment systems.
What is the Epic Games Store?
The Epic Games Store is a digital video game storefront for Windows and macOS, operated by Epic Games. It is set to be introduced to iOS devices in Europe, following Apple’s decision to allow third-party app stores on its platform.
What are the new EU regulations that have led to this change?
The new EU regulations aim to promote competition and limit the power of large tech companies. In response to these regulations, Apple has decided to allow third-party app stores on its platform in the European Union.
When will Fortnite return to iOS in Europe?
Fortnite is set to return to iOS in Europe in 2024, through the upcoming Epic Games Store for iOS. The exact timeline is yet to be determined.