Judge rejects restoring Fortnite on App Store, temporarily limits Apple block on Unreal Engine

A judge recently ruled in favor of Apple's decision to block Fortnite on the App Store, but did grant Epic continued access to the Unreal Engine on iOS for the time being.

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A new development in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games has been a bit of a double-edged victory for Apple. Recently, a judge passed down a ruling that Apple would be able to continue blocking Fortnite on the App Store. However, it came with the caveat of a temporary order that Epic would be able to continue to provide the Unreal Engine on iOS and other Apple platforms for the time being.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers passed down a ruling on the case of Apple removing Fortnite from the App Store, as recently reported by Bloomberg. According to the ruling, Apple will be able to continue to block the restoration of Fortnite on its services. However, Rogers also ruled the removal of Unreal Engine was a separate matter that creates issues for other developers on mobile iOS and other Apple products, as recently pointed out by Microsoft in a statement supporting Epic Games in the legal battle. In light of this, a temporary order will block Apple from cutting off access to the Unreal Engine on Apple platforms for other apps.

The ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games has come with plenty of thinly veiled jabs, including the recent
The ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games has come with plenty of thinly veiled jabs, including the recent "Tart Tycoon" skin made available in Fortnite as a reward in a recent competition.

Apple’s decision to do a blanket termination of all cooperation with Epic Games and remove access to all of its apps on Apple products has been a troubling part of the whole situation, being in that a lot of mobile developers rely on the continued access and improvement of Unreal Engine.

“Epic Games and Apple are at liberty to litigate against each other, but their dispute should not create havoc to bystanders,” Rogers wrote in her August 24 restraining order. This came with a date of September 28 for Epic Games request of a preliminary injunction against Apple.

As the matter continues to get messier between Apple and Epic Games, at least Unreal Engine remains safe for now. The particular case is Epic Games Inc. v. Apple Inc., 20-cv-05640, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland). Stay tuned for further updates and information as we continue to follow this story.

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TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he's not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he's searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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