Fortnite is coming back to iOS in Europe this year! In a significant turn of events, Fortnite is poised to make its comeback to iOS devices, specifically in European Union countries, thanks to the forthcoming implementation of the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA, scheduled to take effect in March, is set to revolutionise the app distribution landscape by allowing EU iOS users to download applications through third-party app stores.
Fortnite is coming back to iOS in Europe this year! Know More
Fortnite faced removal from Apple’s App Store in August 2020, resulting from a legal dispute surrounding in-app purchases. Since then, the absence of Fortnite on the App Store has left fans without official updates, although cloud-gaming workarounds have emerged to stream the game on iOS devices. The removal prompted Epic Games to take legal action against Apple, leading to a protracted legal battle.
EU Digital Markets Act
Epic Games recently announced via Twitter that Fortnite’s return to EU iOS devices is imminent, facilitated by the DMA. This legislative initiative enables EU users to access applications through third-party platforms, marking a departure from Apple’s traditionally closed ecosystem. Consequently, EU iOS users will be able to download Fortnite through the upcoming Epic Games Store for iOS.
Remember Fortnite on iOS?
How bout we bring that back.
Later this year Fortnite will return in Europe on iOS through the @EpicGames Store.
(shoutout DMA – an important new law in the EU making this possible). @Apple, the world is watching. pic.twitter.com/VdHWTe8i1c
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 25, 2024
The reinstatement of Fortnite on iOS devices within the European Union is expected to bring relief to avid fans who have long awaited the game’s return to the App Store. With the DMA enabling third-party app store downloads, users anticipate access to a fully updated version of Fortnite, resuming regular updates as before the legal dispute unfolded in 2020.
In response to the DMA, Apple has taken a proactive stance, proposing new terms to ensure it continues to receive revenue from non-App Store downloads. This reflects the tech giant’s efforts to navigate the changing landscape and maintain control over its app distribution model.
The DMA’s scheduled implementation in March aligns with the expected launch of Fortnite’s Chapter 5 Season 2 update. Leaks suggest a Greek mythology theme for the update, potentially introducing new movement mechanics like rope swinging. This anticipated release could coincide with Fortnite’s return to the App Store within the EU.
Epic Games, not only embroiled in a legal battle with Apple but also with Google, has a history of navigating the challenges posed by major tech platforms. Notably, in 2018, Google reportedly offered $147 million to secure Fortnite’s presence on the Play Store, an offer ultimately declined by Epic. However, in 2020, Google followed Apple’s lead in removing Fortnite from the Play Store, creating a dichotomy for Android users who could still download the game through Epic’s third-party store.