Sep 23, 2021

Apple bans Fortnite from App Store during Epic Games legal battle

Apple has banned Fortnite from its App Store until a legal battle with the game's maker Epic has concluded, according to Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games. The move triggered a legal battle brought by Epic Games, which accused Apple of running the App Store as a monopoly. In September, a US court ruled that Apple could not stop app developers directing users to third-party payment options. "Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they'd 'welcome Epic's return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else'," Mr Sweeney wrote on Twitter. In correspondence shared by Mr Sweeney, Apple said Epic had "Committed an intentional breach of contract, and breach of trust, by concealing code from Apple" and it would not reinstate its account "Until the district court's judgement becomes final and non-appealable".

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