Fortnite will not be coming back to the iPhone soon. Epic's developer account will be in limbo for 12 months
- In early August, Epic introduced a new store baked into its super-popular Fortnite game
- The store allowed users to buy V-Bucks (digital currency) directly from Epic, without giving Apple or Google their 30% cut
- Apple and Google responded swiftly by removing Fortnite from the App Store and Play Store
- Epic had a lawsuit ready to go as soon as that happened
- Apple responded with a lawsuit of its own
- To furtner punish Epic for its aggressive attack, Apple deleted Epic's developer account on the App Store
When will Fortnite be back on the iPhone?
Apple says that it will be at least a year before Epic is even allowed to re-apply for a developer account.
Apple has said that it will not let Epic Games re-apply to the Apple Developer Program for at least one year.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 13, 2020
Epic Games did file a preliminary injunction last week to overturn this ban.
Assuming no changes, it's unlikely Fortnite returns to iOS before August 2021. pic.twitter.com/LChsKdhvHb
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This story is part of:Epic vs Apple (7 updates)
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