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Apple bans Fortnite from app store

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Apple will not allow Fortnite back on its devices until its legal battle with the video game's maker, Epic Games, has fully concluded, potentially delaying the game's return to iPhones by several years.

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A lawyer for Apple said the company "has exercised its discretion not to reinstate Epic's developer program account at this time" in response to a request from the video game maker to do so, according to a letter sent to Epic's lawyer and tweeted by the company's CEO, Tim Sweeney. The move further escalates a months-long court battle between the two companies over Apple's rules for its App Store and suggests the hugely popular game won't make it back onto iOS devices until the end of an appeals process. Sweeney said in a tweet that process could take as long as five years.

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