Epic’s recent antitrust case against Apple – in which it lost all but one of its legal challenges – may be over for now, but the drama continues. Apple has told Epic it won’t be reinstating its Fortunite developer account until the appeal process is over – a decision that could mean the battle royale game remains unavailable on Apple devices for years.
Apple initially revoked Epic’s Fortnite developer account – blocking Fortnite from being distributed on its devices – last August, after Epic deliberately circumvented contractually mandated App Store payment mechanisms within its Fortnite iOS app – a move Apple has since called an “intentional breach of contract”.
Epic appealed the move unsuccessfully, and Fortnite has remained unavailable on Apple devices for the duration of its legal proceedings. However, now the court’s judgement has been passed – which included confirmation that Apple is within its rights to keep Fortnite off its App Store – Epic has once again attempted to have its developer account reinstated, this time by appealing directly to Apple.