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Thanks to new EU rules, Fortnite is returning to iPhones

Thanks to new EU rules, Fortnite is returning to iPhones

In accordance with new EU rules, Epic announced that it will launch the Epic Games Store on iPhone later this year and will also bring fortnite Back to iOS too.

Over three years ago, in August 2020, Epic attempted to add new ways for people to purchase in-game items fortnite Mobile ports. These new methods will be cheaper for users and will circumvent the Google and Apple store discounts that the tech giants usually collect on all in-app purchases on their own devices. Within hours, both Google and Apple snatched it up fortnite From their digital stores and started Epic Legal battle with the two companies This is just a wrap for now. (Quick summary: Epic didn't win by much over Apple, however Came out better against Google.) Now, thanks to the new European Union Digital Markets Law (DMA) Epic will finally bring its popular battle royale shooter back to iPhones in the EU.

On January 25, Apple was forced to implement changes It would allow – for the first time ever – third-party app stores on iOS devices. Apple will also have to allow side-loading, which is what allows users to install their own apps directly onto their devices. Both of these features are present in Android phones, but they are not the most secure iOS ecosystem. But thanks to the DMA, this has changed in the EU and Epic wasted no time calling out Apple and making the announcement fortnite's Back via its third-party app, the Epic Games Store.

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“He remembers fortnite On iOS? How do we bring that back? Epic tweeted earlier today. The tweet was posted alongside a live Apple callout and a GIF featuring the celebrity fortnite banana character, Billy, giving a death stare. Presumably, at Apple.

“Later this year fortnite It will return in Europe on iOS through the Epic Games Store. (Shout out DMA – an important new EU law makes this possible). Apple, the world is watching,” Epic tweeted.

Epic CEO isn't happy with Apple's new rules

Of course, Apple allowing sideloading and third-party apps isn't as easy as it seems. The tech giant has implemented Tons of different rules and restrictions This can be expensive for independent developers and limits how useful third-party storefronts can be. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney is not happy with the iPhone maker's new restrictions and policies, calling them “hot garbage.”

“Apple suggests it can choose which stores are allowed to compete with its App Store.” Sweeney wrote in a lengthy tweet on January 25. “They can prevent Epic from launching and distributing the Epic Games Store fortnite Through them, for example, or banning Microsoft, Valve, Good Old Games, or new entrants.

“There's a lot of hot garbage in this Apple ad. It's going to take more time to parse the scripted and unscripted parts of this new horror show, so stay tuned.”

For now, it seems like the plan — despite the terrible rules, according to Epic's CEO — is that the company will bring it on fortnite And its iPhone store in the EU, unless Apple tries to intervene.

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