Fortnite’s Return: How EU Legislation Opens Doors on Apple Devices

Fortnite's Return: How EU Legislation Opens Doors on Apple Devices

Epic Games, the company behind the hugely popular game Fortnite, has been locked in a battle with Apple for years. This fight prevented Fortnite from being available on Apple’s App Store. However, recent EU legislation might change that.

The Digital Markets Act (DMA), passed over a year ago in the EU, demands that Apple opens up its devices to other app stores and direct website downloads. This means users wouldn’t be forced to download everything exclusively through Apple’s App Store.

Thanks to this new law, Epic Games can now work on bringing Fortnite back to iPhones. This week, the European Commission declared that iPads must also adhere to the DMA. Epic Games wasted no time seizing this opportunity.

In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Epic Games took a stand against Apple’s 30% fee on all in-app purchases. Their response? They simply refused to pay it. Apple, not willing to let this slide, removed Fortnite from the App Store. But Epic Games didn’t back down easily.

This dispute led to a legal battle where Apple emerged victorious in the US. However, with the DMA in effect in the EU, the game has changed. Fortnite now has a chance to make a comeback in the EU market.