Epic Games intends to bring the popular game Fortnite back to iOS devices and launch its App Store on the platform, but only in the European Union. The announcement comes shortly after it was revealed that Apple is ready to make its software platform more open to developers in order to comply with new EU antitrust laws.
Epic can’t reveal much about its plans yet. However, it is already known that the company’s store will be launched for iOS devices “later this year”, and through it users can access Fortnite. The store will be available in countries covered by the Digital Markets Act.
“Stay tuned for details as we figure out the timing of regulation.”Epic said in a post on Social Media X. “We will continue to prove to the courts and regulators that Apple is violating the law.”the company said in another post.
We would like to remind you that Fortnite has not been available on iOS for more than three years. Apple removed the game from the App Store after the developers introduced their own payment system in Fortnite, which allowed payments without paying a commission to Apple. A longer experiment followed, from which Apple largely benefited. Control of third-party app stores remains in the hands of the iPhone maker, so Epic may have difficulty launching its store on iOS.