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.
As the legal battle between Apple and Epic continues, it seems that those of you who still have Fortnite installed on their iPhones or iPads might want to stay away from the iOS 14 update. This is according to a tweet by the Fortnite Status account who claims that updating to iOS 14 could result in the app being uninstalled.
If you’ve yet to hop on the Nintendo Switch bandwagon, perhaps this latest edition of the console might pique your interest. Nintendo has recently unveiled a new limited edition Switch console that has been themed around Epic’s Fortnite Battle Royale with a new design on the dock and also new Joy-Con colors.
The legal battle between Apple and Epic is starting to grow a bit out of hand. Epic has recently filed a motion that could force Apple to allow Fortnite back into the App Store, and now according to a report from Reuters, it looks like Apple has turned the tables and is now countersuing Epic.
A couple of weeks ago, after a judge granted Apple a temporary relief and stated that they did not have to allow Fortnite back into the App Store, it appears that Epic isn’t too thrilled by that decision and have since filed a preliminary injunction in which they are seeking that the courts force Apple to allow Fortnite back into the App Store and to restore its developer account.
It looks like things between Apple and Epic have gotten worse as Apple has since officially terminated Epic’s developer account. What this means is that if you have downloaded any of Epic’s games in the past but have removed them from your iPhone or iPad, then you would be out of luck as you will now no longer be able to redownload them.
As the spat between Apple and Epic deepens, it seems that gamers on iOS and Mac are being caught in the crossfire because Epic has since confirmed that in an upcoming update to the game, Fortnite will no longer be cross-platform compatible with iOS and Mac devices.
A couple of weeks ago, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store due to Epic’s violation of the App Store agreement. Epic sued Apple over the removal of Fortnite and seeked a temporary injunction in which it could force Apple to allow Fortnite to return to the App Store while the lawsuit continues.
Apple and Epic are currently engaged in a ferocious legal battle that could change the way the App Store works in a rather drastic way. Epic’s position is that they’re fighting for the rights of other developers to create apps without Apple taking such a massive cut from in-app purchases, but Apple is arguing otherwise.
If you thought that maybe Apple and Epic would come to some kind of settlement agreement over Fortnite soon, think again. In a statement released to The Verge, it seems that Apple has no plan to make an exception for a company like Epic, whose Fortnite title was bringing in a ton of money for the company due to in-app purchases.
As most of you would have heard by now, Fortnite has been removed from the iOS App Store. This is due to Epic’s decision to attempt to bypass Apple’s in-app purchase system, which Apple claims is a violation of the terms of service. Epic had stated that those who already downloaded the game can keep playing it, but will not be able to access new content in the future.
As many of you would have undoubtedly heard by now, Fortnite has been removed from both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Now, the removal from the Play Store isn’t that big of a deal as players can still download the game directly from Epic, so what does this removal mean for iOS gamers?
Fortnite was launched on iOS a while ago and it has been a huge money maker for Apple, where the game was said to be earning as much as $2 million a day from in-app purchases. We say it’s a money maker for Apple because the company takes a 30% cut from in-app sales, meaning that for almost doing nothing, Apple is earning about $600,000 a day from Fornite alone.
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