Apple seems to have kicked Epic while it’s down once again, promising that the developer will not get its App Store account back for at least a year.
In case you are out of the loop, here’s a quick recap of what happened between these multi-billion dollar companies.
This means that if you reset your iPhone, or if you upgrade to a new iPhone, you will have to bid Fortnite “bye bye”, for the time being. But for how long?
When will Fortnite be back on the iPhone?
By the looks of it, it could be at least a year. For one, the lawsuits between Epic and Apple are still in their infancy. We have a tonne of popcorn ready, as this whole drama is not yet fully played out. But, more to the point, Apple has absolutely refused to reinstate Epic’s developer account on the App Store. In fact,
Apple says that it will be at least a year before Epic is even allowed to re-apply for a developer account.
Note, this only says “apply for” — there’s no guarantee that Epic will even be allowed back on iOS. But maybe, probably, if it behaves for a year, Apple may consider it.
Apple has said that it will not let Epic Games re-apply to the Apple Developer Program for at least one year.
Epic Games did file a preliminary injunction last week to overturn this ban.
Assuming no changes, it’s unlikely Fortnite returns to iOS before August 2021. pic.twitter.com/LChsKdhvHb
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 13, 2020
What does this mean about the Unreal Engine?
A hearing on a preliminary injunction is scheduled for September 28th and Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said that she was inclined to protect the Unreal Engine from Apple. So, Epic just may be back in the Apple ecosystem in some form. Perhaps, a proxy account that’s solely dedicated to maintaining the Unreal Engine? We’ll see.