Apple will keep the popular online game Fortnite off the App Store until the lingering legal conflict with maker Epic Games is over and all appeal options are exhausted. That’s what Apple told the developer. According to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, this could take another five years.
The conflict between Apple and Epic Games arose in August last year. Because Epic thought the 30 percent commission on the App Store was too high, the developer decided to put their own payment system in the shooting game in order to circumvent it.
That was against Apple’s rules, after which Fortnite was removed from the App Store. Epic then accused Apple of monopolistic behavior and asked the judge for a verdict.
The judge recently ruled that Apple should offer developers more opportunities for purchases outside the App Store, but also said that the company has not been guilty of illegal monopolistic behavior.
Epic has appealed. The developer has meanwhile submitted a request to get Fortnite back on the App Store, but Apple doesn’t feel that way.