Apple does not have to return the popular game Fortnite to the App Store. An American judge has determined this in a preliminary decision.
Earlier this month, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store because its creator, Epic Games, had come into play with a new payment system to bypass mandatory remittances to Apple.
The American judge further ruled that Apple may not revoke the Epic Games’ developer license. This means that Epic Games may continue to provide the Unreal Engine, graphics technology for 3D games, for other apps in the App Store.
For example, Microsoft uses the Unreal Engine for several games. Epic had requested a preliminary decision from the judge because otherwise, it would suffer irreparable damage.
The stake in the argument is the 30 percent commission that Apple wants from every purchase in the App Store. Epic Games thinks that is too much. Fortnite has also been removed by Google from its app store, the Play Store, for the same reason.
Apple is also under fire from several sides for the commission it asks for in its App Store and the conditions it attaches to it. For example, the European Commission is investigating a complaint from music streaming service Spotify.