Fortnite is coming back to the iPhone, but only for some. Here’s why.

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Epic Games won this conflict pinch Apple, and if you unrecorded successful these countries, you'll benefit.

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Fortnite will return to iOS aft 3 and a half years acknowledgment to a caller EU law. Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Agent Jones, Peely, and each of your different favourite Fortnite characters are headed backmost to iOS aft an absence of astir three-and-a-half years. 

"Remember Fortnite connected iOS?" nan charismatic Fortnite relationship connected X posted. "How bout we bring that back."

But, don't get excessively excited if you're a Fortnite subordinate successful nan U.S. aliases UK, for example. Fortnite for iOS is only headed backmost to your iPhone if you unrecorded successful nan European Union. 

Fortnite is only returning for EU users

Why? Well, Apple's manus is being forced by a caller EU rule called nan Digital Markets Act (DMA). In fact, Fortnite explicitly gave a outcry retired to nan DMA successful its announcement and thanked it for making Fortnite's return possible.

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How does this rule impact Fortnite and nan iPhone? 

The astir applicable portion of nan instruction is that Apple must alteration users successful nan EU to entree replacement marketplaces connected their devices and licence developers to administer their apps done those replacement platforms.

With nan DMA, Fortnite nary longer has to play by Apple's App Store rules.

Apple vs. Epic Games: The crippled developer racks up a win

If readers will recall, Epic Games and Apple had a very nationalist falling retired backmost successful August 2020. Those who play nan massively celebrated multiplayer battle-royale crippled tin bargain in-game items and characteristic skins via nan Fortnite rate V-Bucks. That summer, Epic Games launched a caller measurement for Fortnite players to acquisition V-Bucks astatine a discount by bypassing Apple's App Store's in-app purchases and buying straight from Epic Games. 

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This workaround meant that Apple would suffer retired connected its 30 percent trim that it gets from users who make purchases from its App Store. This circumvention was besides successful usurpation of Apple's App Store policies. Shortly aft Epic Games made its announcement, Apple removed Fortnite from nan App Store.

Instead of scrapping nan V-Bucks discount, Epic Games decided to spell to warfare pinch Apple. The developer revenge an antitrust suit against Apple, which had mixed results for some parties. Other tech giants for illustration Microsoft and Google took sides, and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney made it clear nan Fortnite would fundamentally beryllium "blacklisted" from nan App Store for years arsenic nan companies exhausted each ineligible options. 

Now, acknowledgment to nan EU's DMA, Epic Games tin administer an charismatic iPhone app done replacement iOS app stores and debar Apple's in-app acquisition trim without breaking nan company's App Store policies. 

According to Apple, iOS changes related to nan EU's DMA rule will rotation retired successful March pinch iOS 17.4.

Remember, astatine slightest for now, this only affects iPhone users successful nan European Union. So, sorry, U.S., UK, and players everyplace other successful nan world. There's still nary Fortnite iOS app for you. (However, location are different ways to play Fortnite connected your instrumentality via third-party services, specified arsenic done Xbox Cloud Gaming aliases Nvidia's GeForce Now.)

Still, for Fortnite players successful Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, this is simply a small for illustration winning a Victory Crown.

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