Fortnite Returns to iPhones, But There’s a Catch: It’s Only for Europeans

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Fortnite, the popular battle royale game, is making its return to iOS devices, but there’s a catch: it’s only for users in the European Union. This development follows Apple’s recent announcement that it will allow EU iPhone users to download apps from third-party app stores in compliance with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA).

Epic Games to Relaunch Fortnite in Europe

Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite, took advantage of this policy change to reveal its plans to bring the game back to iOS. The company made the exciting announcement on social media, stating that “Fortnite will return to iOS in Europe in 2024, distributed through our upcoming Epic Games Store for iOS.” This move is a direct result of the DMA, which forces Apple to allow sideloading and the use of third-party app stores within the EU.

Apple No Longer Able to Block Fortnite in Europe

As a result, Apple can no longer block Fortnite on iOS devices in the 27 member states of the EU, giving Fortnite fans in Europe a reason to celebrate. The saga between Apple and Epic Games began in August 2020, when Fortnite was removed from the App Store. Epic Games included a link to its own payment platform in the Fortnite app, which bypassed Apple’s 30% tax on purchases made through its platform.

Fortnite To Phone

Photo: Fortnite to iOS | foto: Epic Games

Legal Battle Continues

The ensuing legal battle included the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Apple’s case and upheld Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’s ruling that developers can direct users to third-party payment platforms while still integrating their apps with Apple’s payment system.

Despite Fortnite’s return to iOS in Europe, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney remains undeterred. He continues to defend the legal action against Apple, stating: “We will continue to argue to courts and regulators that Apple is violating the law.” While European users eagerly await the return of Fortnite, the broader implications of this legal and regulatory tussle between tech giants are likely to continue to unfold in the coming months.

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