What you need to know
- A judge has refused to grant Epic's preliminary injunction request against Apple.
- Preliminary injunction would have forced Apple to allow Fortnite back onto the App Store.
- Epic affiliates and Unreal Engine are not affected by the ruling.
A judge in the Epic v. Apple antitrust battle has shot down any hopes of Fortnite being allowed back on to the App Store anytime soon.
In a ruling Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers confirmed that Fortnite would remain banned from the iOS App Store for the duration of Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple, but that the court would grant protections against Epic Games developer accounts and the Unreal Engine:
BREAKING: Epic Games denied preliminary injunction in part - Fortnite remains banned from App Store. Granted to protect Epic affiliate developer accounts etc as per TRO. Effective immediately and for duration of the case.BREAKING: Epic Games denied preliminary injunction in part - Fortnite remains banned from App Store. Granted to protect Epic affiliate developer accounts etc as per TRO. Effective immediately and for duration of the case.— Stephen Warwick (@StephenWarwick9) October 9, 2020October 9, 2020
The latest ruling mirrors a previous decision made during a hearing for a temporary restraining order. Although Epic was denied the request for its own developer account, the ruling does not apply to Epic's affiliate accounts and the Unreal Engine.
Apple responded to the ruling in a statement late Friday:
Apple's response. Company also claims Epic's lawsuit is a marketing campaign to generate promotion after interest in Fortnite declined. https://t.co/rZuV8Z4D6k pic.twitter.com/39CFynw5a3Apple's response. Company also claims Epic's lawsuit is a marketing campaign to generate promotion after interest in Fortnite declined. https://t.co/rZuV8Z4D6k pic.twitter.com/39CFynw5a3— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 9, 2020October 9, 2020
Unless the two sides come to an agreement, or a verdict is reached, the ruling means that Fortnite and other Epic games will continue to be unavailable on the App Store for the duration of the trial. As previously reported, the trial is currently scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3rd, 2021.
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