Apple refuses to let Fortnite back in App Store — and it could stay that way for 5 years

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Apple refuses to let Fortnite back in App Store — and it could stay that way for 5 years

The battle between Apple and Epic isn’t over yet, despite a court ruling earlier this month, because Apple has now told Epic that it’s still blacklisted from the App Store until the appeals process is completely over.

In other words, Apple won’t be restoring Epic’s developer account, nor will Fortnite be allowed back on iOS anytime soon.

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The initial ruling was a win and a loss for both sides. The courts ruled that Apple could not prevent app developers linking to an external payment system, which is a win for Epic. However, the ruling also declared that Apple didn’t have a monopoly on mobile games, has the right to collect fees on in-app purchases, and that the original contract between the two companies was both valid and enforceable. Meaning Epic knowingly broke it.

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