Is Fortnite Never Returning on IOS devices following the lawsuit won by Apple? In an antitrust lawsuit launched by Epic Games, Apple prevailed in an appeals court decision upholding the policies of the App Store. After a number of disputes on Epic’s side, the US judiciary has ruled that the App Store isn’t a monopoly and that the company is correct in operating in the way it does, giving Apple the majority of victories.
A 2021 decision that dismissed Epic’s accusations that Apple broke the law by forbidding rival markets from operating on its iOS platforms was affirmed by a US court of appeals.
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The reason Fortnite was taken down from the App Store was that its maker, Epic Games, decided to give discounts to players who bought V-Bucks straight from Epic. The case was brought in August 2020 on the grounds that it was unreasonable for Apple to prevent game and app developers from making money off of their creations outside of the Apple Store.
Apple prevailed at the 9th Circuit Court. Though the court upheld the ruling that Apple’s restraints have “a substantial anticompetitive effect that harms consumers”, they found we didn’t prove our Sherman Act case.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 24, 2023
In its ruling on Monday, the court generally dismissed Epic’s claims that Apple’s regulations prohibiting third-party app stores on its operating system violate federal law. Due to the rejection of Apple’s anti-steering provisions, nine out of ten claims were upheld, earning Apple a “resounding victory,”
The company in an official statement said, “The App Store continues to promote competition, drive innovation, and expand opportunity, and we’re proud of its profound contributions to both users and developers around the world. We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling on the one remaining claim under state law and are considering a further review.”
Apple had previously stated that it would not consider restoring Epic’s developer account access until the two businesses’ legal dispute was resolved, hence Fortnite has not yet returned to iOS platforms. One step along that path is the decision on this appeal. It’s unclear if Epic Games would meet Apple’s guidelines in order to bring the game back to iOS.
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