Fortnite to Return to iOS in Europe Following App Store Changes

Epic Games plans to bring its ‌Epic Games‌ Store to the iPhone and the iPad under Apple's new alternative app store policy in the European Union, ‌Epic Games‌ announced today.

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The ‌Epic Games‌ Store will include popular game Fortnite, which means ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users will be able to install and play the title without having to use a cloud gaming service. Fortnite has been banned from the iOS App Store for the last several years due to the legal dispute between Apple and ‌Epic Games‌.

Even as Epic is planning for an ‌Epic Games‌ app store on iOS, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has been criticizing Apple's planned changes. Sweeney said that Apple's ‌App Store‌ changes are a "devious new instance of malicious compliance" and are aimed at thwarting the Digital Markets Act.

Apple is charging an 0.50 euro fee per user per year for apps installed outside of the ‌App Store‌ (and in the ‌App Store‌ for developers who opt in to the new terms and also still choose to use Apple's system), but there are no ‌App Store‌ commissions or in-app fees. While Apple is waiving fees for the first one million installs, the 0.50 per user fee will cost app developers like ‌Epic Games‌ a notable amount of money. Sweeney called Apple's payment "junk fees."

Sweeney also criticizes Apple for the notarization process that will potentially allow it to reject alternative app stores from iOS. He claims that Apple could block Epic from launching an ‌Epic Games‌ Store and distributing Fortnite through it, but there have been no signs that Apple would do so.

‌Epic Games‌ is "determined" to launch on iOS and compete with the ‌App Store‌, said Sweeney, and while ‌Epic Games‌ is planning for a store on iOS, the company says it will continue to "argue to the courts and regulators that Apple is breaking the law."

Top Rated Comments

Mescagnus Avatar
4 weeks ago
This Sweeney guy really wants a free ride on Apple's products. Of course pocketing any extra profits himself, not passing any savings to customers.
Score: 46 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spazzcat Avatar
4 weeks ago

Nothing about lower prices for the consumer
Only fool would think prices will go down. This has always been about getting a bigger cut.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chuckeee Avatar
4 weeks ago
Nothing about lower prices for the consumer
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Krizoitz Avatar
4 weeks ago

That Core Technology Fee is BS and I hope the EU forces Apple to knock it off. We the consumers pay Apple's Core Technology Fee when we buy expensive devices at 35-45% markup. That's enough.
So stop buying the “expensive” devices then. No one is forcing you. You CHOOSE to buy Apple products. If you don’t like that choice go buy any of a number of Android devices.

Just like no one forced Epic to make or sell their game on iOS. If they don’t like Apples terms, too bad. Apple doesn’t have a monopoly so Epic has other options.

The EU’s whole position here is both ludicrous AND hypocritical.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lordlugo Avatar
4 weeks ago
LOL unfortunately for Tim Sweeney people in Europe don’t spend money on microtransactions & also people have moved on no one is waiting for Fortnite to come out on IOS anymore…
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dominiongamma Avatar
4 weeks ago
Damn they are petty in that tweet, “Apple breaking the law” even when complying from Apple they can’t be graceful about it
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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