If you are minimally aware of what is going on in the world of technology or video games, it is impossible that you have not heard about the scuffle between Epic Games and Apple. The creator of Fortnite added her own payment gateway to the Battle Royale title with which avoid the 30% commission that Apple gets from each transaction (sometimes 15% commission in the second year of a subscription) earned through the applications of the App Store. He did the same with Google and its Play Store.
Those of Cupertino, upon discovering this change that violates the rules of their store for iOS devices, withdrew the game. If Epic Games wanted the return of Fortnite to the App Store, it only has to update the app to remove the alternative payment gateway. However, she does not seem interested in giving her arm to twist.
Although users who already had Fortnite installed on their iPhone or iPad could continue playing despite its withdrawal, the problem is with the arrival of the new season of the title, which adds additional content. Unable to update the app from the App Store, the news will not be available on the company’s devices.
If there was still a doubt that Epic Games would change its mind so that Fortnite would return to the App Store, the company has updated its FAQ section in which it clearly reflects that the new season of Fortnite will not be available for iPhone, iPad or Mac users.
Apple is ready to welcome Fortnite back to the App Store with open arms
As you can read on the Epic Games page, just updated this Wednesday, August 26, the company makes it clear that it has no intention of making the new season available on Apple devices. next Thursday, August 27.
Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new App Store installations, and has ensured that it will end our ability to develop Fortnite on Apple devices. As a result, the v14.00 update incorporating Season 4 of Chapter 2 will not be available on iOS or macOS.
If you still want to play Fortnite on Android, you can download the latest version of the game from the Epic Games Android app on our website or by using the Samsung Galaxy Store.
The judge in charge of the case, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, has already taken some precautionary measures on the controversial issue. While Apple also intended to block the Unreal Engine, Epic Games’ graphics engine that is used in a wide variety of games, several of them available on the App Store, the judge has prevented it.
On the other hand, it agrees with the expulsion of Fortnite from the App Store for having breached the conditions and agreements. For the decision, it has taken into account that there are several legal entities at stake. While Epic Games is the company that owns Fortnite, the Unreal Engine is in the name of another Swiss-based entity, Epic Games International, and this entity has not broken any agreement with Apple.
Taking into account that the judge has agreed with Apple with the expulsion of the video game from the App Store, and that Apple is still willing to accept Fortnite in its application store if it reverts the changes introduced in the last update, the ball is in the court of Epic Games and it is she who must now make a decision.