Following Apple announcement To launch third-party app stores for iOS users in the European Union, Epic Games confirms that it Fortnite to iPhone and iPad in Europe later this year via the new Epic mobile games store. This will mark the official return of the title from its time on the Apple platform drew It returned in August 2020 after Epic offered it discounts One that will receive payments made directly to its store instead of Apple’s App Store and Google Play 30 percent off. iOS users had to trust Xbox Cloud Gaming or GeForce Now to play Fortnitebut that will soon be a thing of the past for those living in Europe.
Fortnite The big return to iOS in Europe is thanks to the EU’s new Digital Markets Act, which came into effect on March 7. This allows developers to take payments and distribute apps outside of the App Store while awaiting Apple’s new “Notarization” approval process. malware. Apple is also introducing a new fee structure that costs less, if not the same, for most developers publishing to European markets.
Fortnite will return to iOS in Europe in 2024 @EpicGames Store for iOS. Stay tuned for details as we determine the regulatory timeline. We will continue to challenge Apple’s violation of the law to the courts and regulators. https://t.co/MHh6EGVinC
— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) January 25, 2024
While the upcoming changes will allow Epic Games to monetize iOS users again (at least in Europe), founder and CEO Tim Sweeney it sounded Cupertino for “new Junk Charges on downloads and new Apple taxes on payments they don’t process.” The executive then saw more “hot garbage” in the details, particularly in the terms of the rights claim from Apple. “Under what theory of antitrust regulation is it acceptable for a monopoly to decide with which companies it can compete and on what terms? Apple is making a mockery of free market competition,” Sweeney said. Writing in X. The angry tone here is hardly surprising, especially after the US Supreme Court was rejected Epic filed Apple’s appeal earlier this month that it violated federal antitrust laws.