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Apple might ban 'Fortnite' from App Store for a year

Mashable 10 Sep 2020 02:28
Fortnite might not be officially available on the iPhone for a while.
Fortnite might not be officially available on the iPhone for a while.
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The court battle between Apple and Epic Games, the publisher of Fortnite, is heating up. 

Epic claims that Apple might ban Fortnite from iOS devices for a full year, The Guardian reported Wednesday. 

The figure comes from a legal filing from Epic, which quotes a letter sent from Apple to Epic, informing the company that its Apple Developer Agreement is terminated. 

"Finally, please note that we will deny your reapplication to the Apple Developer Program for at least a year considering the nature of your acts," the letter says. 

Apple previously indicated that Epic's access to the developer program would be restored if it removed the in-game payment system from Fortnite

In August, Epic added a way to purchase V-bucks, its in-game currency, in the Fortnite app. Apple said that this violates App Store guidelines, which prohibit developers from launching their own in-app stores, thus avoiding Apple's 30-percent cut of  purchases. 

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