Apple removes Fortnite from the App Store in the midst of Epic Games’ legal battle

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According to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, Apple has blocked Fortnite from its App Store until a legal dispute with the game’s creator Epic is resolved.

This implies that new users will not be able to download the popular game on iPhones or other Apple devices.

Mr Sweeney chastised Apple in a series of tweets, claiming that the appeals procedure might take up to five years. People who already have the game downloaded on their Apple devices can continue to play it, but they will not receive any updates.

Last year, Fortnite was banned from Apple’s App Store for breaching its regulations by creating its own in-app payment system. Apple imposes a 30% fee on all in-app sales, however this functionality attempted to avoid this.

Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of running the App Store as a monopoly. A US court decided in September that Apple could not prevent app developers from referring customers to third-party payment alternatives.

However, the judge ruled that Epic had failed to establish that Apple was maintaining an unlawful monopoly.

Epic and Apple are each appealing different aspects of the ruling

“Apple spent a year promising the world, the court, and the press that they’d ‘welcome Epic’s return to the App Store provided they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else,'” Mr Sweeney tweeted.

“Epic consented, and now Apple has violated its monopolistic authority over a billion people.”
Apple stated in email supplied by Mr Sweeney that Epic had “committed an intentional violation of contract, and breach of trust, by concealing code from Apple,” and that it would not reinstate its account “until the district court’s ruling becomes final and non-appealable.”

Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been chastised after an email he wrote to workers urging them not to divulge private information was released.

The memo informed Apple employees that the firm will

do everything in [its] power to identify anyone who leaked” material to journalists.

“People who leak sensitive information do not belong at Apple,” he continued.