As the issues between Apple and Epic Games doens’t seem to settle anytime soon, we now have an update on Epic’s lucrative game Fortnite.
As per Epic Games’ CEO, Fortnite may not be retrieved in Apple’s iOS store until the next five years! And this is because Apple has informed the developer that it will reinstate the game only after the lawsuits between them are settled.
Apple vs Epic Games
To the unknown, Apple removed one of the popular action RPG game Fortnite from its Appstore, after it found that its developer was using an alternative payment methods for buying V-Bucks.
V-Bucks are Fortnite’s in-game currency bought with real money, and is used to buy in-game items. And as per Apple’s rules, developers should use only the Appstore provided payment gateway for making transactions, where it would take 30% cut from every transaction made.
As Epic Games’, and many other developers deemed this unfair, they’ve taken this issue to court and fought against Apple’s unfair rules over Appstore. This eventually led Fortnite being removed from the Appstore after Epic Games refused to adjust, and took things further.
Now, the ruling on this case is made earlier this week, resulting the judge to order Apple to let developers use their own means for payments. As an aggrieved party, Apple has sent a notice to the Epic Games that it would reinstate Fortnite only after the lawsuits in between them are settled.
Just last week, Epic agreed with Apple that we would play by the same rules as everyone else. pic.twitter.com/WOxsbnAFXE
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 22, 2021
This was revealed by Epic Games’ CEO, Tim Sweeney on Twitter today, saying that it would take at least five years to happen! He went on to say that the game will return to iOS store only “when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers.”
Till then, iOS users may have hard time on playing the game, as Apple doesn’t even allow side-loading of iOS apps like in Android.