A California judge denied Epic Games’ request for a preliminary injunction that would have required Apple to bring Fortnite back to the App Store.

Despite Apple’s trial against Epic Games scheduled for May 3, 2021, today Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers denied a preliminary injunction to Epic regarding the ban on Provided from the App Store. This means Fortnite will remain banned from the App Store until the final trial decision next year.

While the Fortnite app for iOS devices will not be reintegrated into the App Store‌, Epic has won an order that will require Apple to allow the game developer to manage its Unreal Engine developer account.

Apple responded to the judge’s decision:

Our customers depend on the App Store being a safe and reliable place where all developers follow the same set of rules. We are grateful that the court acknowledged that Epic’s actions violated App Store guidelines. For twelve years, the App Store has been an economic miracle, creating transformative business opportunities for small and large developers. We look forward to sharing this legacy of innovation and dynamism with the court next year.

The company reiterates once again that Fortnite has become hugely popular with iOS users thanks to the App Store , recording over 130 million downloads worldwide during the time it was available. Apple also notes that Epic Games has been able to use all iOS APIs such as Metal and Apple SDK to enhance the Fornite gaming experience.

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