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Epic will not release new season of Fortnite for iPhone or Mac: Here is why

Epic Games on Wednesday announced that it would not be releasing the new season of its popular game Fortnite for iPhone or Mac due to its ongoing feud with Apple.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | August 27, 2020 | Updated 09:30 IST

Highlights

  • Epic would not be releasing the new season of its popular game Fortnite for iPhone or Mac
  • Apple has stopped the game developer from releasing new updates on App Store.
  • . Apple had removed Epic from its App Store after the developer came up with its own in-app payment system.

Epic Games on Wednesday announced that it would not be releasing the new season of its popular game Fortnite for iPhone or Mac due to its ongoing feud with Apple. Epic has alleged that due to the battle over their payment policies, Apple has stopped the game developer from releasing new updates on App Store and even barred Apple devices from installing the app. Apple had removed Epic from its App Store after the developer came up with its own in-app payment system. The move was followed by Google.

"Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices. As a result, Fortnite's newly released Chapter 2 - Season 4 update (v14.00), will not release on iOS and macOS on August 27. If you still want to play Fortnite on Android, you can access the latest version of Fortnite from the Epic Games App for Android on Fortnite.com/Android or the Samsung Galaxy Store," Epic updated in its FAQ page which is about its ongoing battle with Apple.

The latest developments suggest that Apple is not liable to restore Fortnite on the App Store, as per the first court ruling by US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Judge Rogers even granted a temporary restraining order against Apple, which means that they cannot cut access to Epic's Unreal Engine.

"The Court finds that with respect to Epic Games' motion as to its games, including Fortnite, Epic Games has not yet demonstrated irreparable harm. The current predicament appears of its own making," Rogers said in a statement obtained by The Verge. She also said that Epic "strategically chose to breach its agreements with Apple".

However, Apple has always maintained that it will restore Epic if it complies with the App Store guidelines. Hailing the court's first ruling, Apple said in a statement, "We thank the court for recognizing that Epic's problem is entirely self-inflicted and is in their power to resolve. Our very first priority is making sure App Store users have a great experience in a safe and trusted environment, including iPhone users who play Fortnite and who are looking forward to the game's next season. We agree with Judge Gonzalez-Rogers that 'the sensible way to proceed' is for Epic to comply with the App Store guidelines and continue to operate while the case proceeds. If Epic takes the steps the judge has recommended, we will gladly welcome Fortnite back onto i0S. We look forward to making our case to the court in September."

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