As many of you have heard, Apple and Epic are in an epic (pun intended) legal battle over Fortnite Battle Royale. Epic had filed for a preliminary injunction against Apple’s removal of the app in the App Store, but it looks like Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers has denied their request for it.
What this means is that if you were hoping to see Fortnite return to the App Store, you might have to wait until 2021 at the earliest. This is because a court date for the trial is set for May 2021, and assuming things don’t get dragged out further, 2021 is the earliest that we will see Fortnite return to the App Store, if at all.
It is possible that Apple and Epic could reach some kind of agreement from now until then, but that remains to be seen. However, Epic’s lawsuit against Apple has opened a can of worms where regulators are now starting to look deeper into Apple’s App Store practices to determine if there are any antitrust violations taking place.
Epic has also managed to gather a number of developers to their side resulting in the formation of the Coalition of App Fairness. This means that even if Apple and Epic were to somehow manage to settle their dispute, this incident could be the catalyst that could prompt further lawsuits from other developers who are unhappy at Apple’s App Store tactics.