Fortnite Stories September 22

The battle between Epic Games and Apple continues. Earlier this month, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that Apple must allow App Store developers to redirect users to other payment systems. The judge sided with Apple on all other claims, leading Apple to call the ruling a “resounding victory,” while Epic filed an appeal.

Now, Apple has reportedly denied Epic’s request to reinstate its developer account, which would allow it to bring Fortnite back to the App Store.

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Fortnite Stories September 10

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has finally issued a permanent injunction regarding the Apple vs. Epic Games case, which began in August 2020 after Fortnite was removed from the App Store. However, although Apple has been required to allow alternative payment methods in the App Store, the company will not be forced to let Epic Games bring back Fortnite or other apps to its platforms.

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Fortnite Stories May 6

The Epic vs. Apple court case is already under way. While it will be decided in the next three weeks whether Epic or Apple will prevail, some fans are waiting for just one thing: to be able to play the battle royale once again on the iPhone and iPad.

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Fortnite Stories May 3

As part of the documents turning up in the ongoing Epic vs. Apple trial that commenced today, various details have leaked out about Epic’s planned road map for the game.

Seemingly, when Apple and Epic were on better terms, the companies plotted a services bundle that would offer a bundle subscription of Fortnite Club (a Fortnite subscription tier, which was later released in the US named “Fortnite Crew”), Apple Music, and Apple TV+.

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Today marks the beginning of the three-week Apple vs. Epic trial over the App Store. The trial, however, began in chaos as the call-in line was flooded with Fortnite and Apple fans alike after the court failed to mute the participants.

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Fortnite Stories April 8

Back in August 2020, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after an update that bypassed the App Store’s in-app purchases system. Since then, Apple and Epic Games have been fighting in court — and now the findings of fact and conclusions of law filed by Apple with the court give us more details of what to expect from this trial.

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Fortnite Stories January 14

Epic Games is doubling down on its legal battle with Apple in the UK. As first reported by Bloomberg, Epic has made a new filing in the UK slamming Apple for its decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store, saying that the company is abusing its “dominant position” in the market.

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Fortnite Stories December 21, 2020

Since Fortnite was banned from the App Store in August this year, Epic Games has been promoting a boycott of Apple products through special tournaments and campaigns mocking the company. This week, Epic sent a kit to some influencers with a “Free Fortnite” jacket and a Galaxy Tab S7, reinforcing the company’s criticism to Apple.

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Fortnite Stories November 19, 2020

Cloud streaming might end up being the next big thing in gaming, but Apple has been strict when it comes to allowing services such as Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia on the App Store. Today, Nvidia GeForce Now is launching iPhone and iPad by bypassing the App Store altogether with a web experience.

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Fortnite Stories November 5, 2020

Playing Fortnite on an iPhone will soon be possible once more, despite Apple removing it from the App Store and later terminating Epic’s developer account.

It’s being made possible by a move that will interest more than just Fortnite players: GPU maker Nvidia has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service that runs in Safari on iOS …

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Fortnite Stories October 9, 2020

While the Epic Games trial against Apple is expected only for 2021, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has now denied a preliminary injunction to Epic regarding the Fornite ban from the App Store. That means Fortnite will remain banned from the App Store until the final decision of next year’s trial.

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Fortnite Stories September 28, 2020

As the legal battle between Epic Games and Apple continues, both companies participated in a preliminary hearing today to discuss the removal of Fortnite from the App Store. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California doesn’t expect the trial to take place prior to July 2021, and she also criticized Epic’s tactics claiming they were “not honest.”

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Fortnite Stories September 18, 2020

Fortnite Save The World being removed from Mac; Epic blames Apple

Epic Games has announced in a blog post that Fortnite Save The World will be removed from the Mac on September 23. It says the game ‘will no longer be playable on macOS’ as of that date …

Fortnite Stories September 16, 2020

In part of Apple’s defence to the Epic Games lawsuit, the Cupertino company effectively accuses the Fortnite developer of filing the case as a publicity stunt.

Apple also says that Epic had little to lose because iOS is not a big revenue-generator for the company …

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Fortnite Stories September 5, 2020

Just over a week after Apple terminated the App Store account used by Fortnite, Epic Games is asking a court to stop Apple’s “retaliation.” As reported by Reuters, Epic Games has filed for a preliminary injunction seeking to have Fortnite put back on the App Store.

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Fortnite Stories August 28, 2020

As previously warned by Apple, Epic’s App Store account has now been terminated due to the Fortnite developer knowingly violating App Store policy. Epic Games still had a few apps available for iOS aside from Fortnite, and they were all removed today.

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Amid the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple, a Fortnite competitor is receiving some beneficial publicity in the App Store. When you open the App Store today, you’ll see an editorial story promoting PUBG Mobile, a popular competing battle royale.

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Fortnite Stories August 27, 2020

Epic Games had already warned users this week that Fortnite for iOS and Mac would no longer receive updates with new seasons due to the dispute between the company and Apple, which removed the game from the App Store. Epic is now informing players that, as of today, Fortnite for Apple platforms has been officially blocked and will not receive any updates.

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Fortnite Stories August 26, 2020

The battle between Epic Games and Apple over App Store guidelines will have a detrimental effect on the end user. Epic has confirmed today that it will not be released in the latest Fortnite season, Chapter 2: Season 4, for iOS and macOS gamers.

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Fortnite Stories August 20, 2020

Following the removal of Fortnite from the App Store last week, Epic Games has just announced a tournament in favor of the #FreeFortnite campaign against Apple. Players will be able to compete for prizes such as Android devices and Windows PCs.

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eBay scalpers selling iPhones with Fortnite installed for up to $18k

After Apple pulled Fortnite from the App Store, it didn’t take eBay scalpers long to get in on the action. Some are selling iPhones with Fortnite installed with asking prices of anything up to $18,000 …

Fortnite Stories August 19, 2020

Apple’s lawyers have been appointed to defend it against the lawsuit filed by Epic Games, from LA-based Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. The firm is an acknowledged leader in antitrust cases.

The firm is the same one that gave Apple its victory in the second Apple versus Samsung patent infringement case …

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Fortnite Stories August 18, 2020

I argued recently that Apple is at far greater risk than Epic in the standoff between the two companies over Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases. One of the risks I outlined is that Apple wins the case, but the publicity prompts antitrust regulators to make legislative changes.

That risk just increased substantially …

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Fortnite Stories August 17, 2020

Things are moving fast in the Epic Games vs Apple battle. After Fortnite was pulled from the App Store for breaking Apple’s rules — sneaking in a direct payment method to get around the in-app purchase system — Epic almost immediately filed a lawsuit against Apple. Now the game developer says that Apple is terminating its account.

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