Following Apple’s recent announcement about allowing third-party app stores for iOS users in the European Union, Epic Games has confirmed its plans to bring Fortnite back to the iPhone and iPad in Europe through a new Epic mobile games store.
Epic Games has provided limited details about its upcoming store launch, stating that it is scheduled for later this year. The store’s availability will be limited to regions in Europe covered by the Digital Markets Act, and Fortnite is set to be accessible through this platform.
Fortnite will return to iOS in Europe in 2024, distributed by the upcoming @EpicGames Store for iOS. Stay tuned for details as we figure out the regulatory timeline. We'll continue to argue to the courts and regulators that Apple is breaking the law. https://t.co/MHh6EGVinC— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) January 25, 2024
With the EU’s new Digital Markets Act coming into effect on March 7, developers now have the option to handle payments and distribute apps independently of the App Store. Despite this positive development, Epic Games’ founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, criticized Apple for introducing what he referred to as “new Junk Fees on downloads and new Apple taxes on payments they don’t process.” Sweeney expressed discontent with Apple’s control over competition and terms in the app market, emphasizing the need for more transparent and fair practices.