Fortnite will not return to the App Store, at least not in the short term. Epic Games’ request to remove the game ban pending trial was rejected by Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, a federal judge in Oakland, California. Fortnite could return to iOS devices before the hearing, set for next May, only in the event that the software house decides to give up the payment system designed to avoid paying Apple the 30% tax on each purchase inside of the game.
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In the ruling, Rogers explained that only in very rare cases are such requests granted. The judge also defined Epic Games’ behavior as dishonest, opaque and harmful to the security of the iOS ecosystem. Apple said it was satisfied with the court’s decision and pointed out that Epic Games has damaged itself with its own hands. The Cupertino giant then reiterated that the App Store is a safe and reliable platform and that all developers are required to respect the same rules, receiving great opportunities and benefits in return.
The date of the trial
Judge Rogers has set the Bench Trial between Apple and Epic Games for May 3, 2021 . This is a type of process that does not involve the participation of a jury. The hearing will be preceded by a preliminary meeting between the parties, scheduled for 21 April. Rogers also recommended a jury trial, however, as he believes it is important to understand people’s opinion on the matter. As the ideal time window for holding a hearing of this type, the court indicated the month of July. In recent days, Judge Rogers has accepted the injunction that secures games developed with the Unreal Engine, preventing Apple from removing Epic Games Developer Tools.