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the judge did not allow Apple to block the Unreal Engine, but also did not oblige it to unblock Fortnite

Epic Games v Apple’s lawsuit over App Store policies won’t take place until next year, but there is news on that. Bloomberg reported that US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has rejected Epic’s request for a preliminary injunction that would force Apple to return Fortnite to the app store. But at the same time, the judge upheld an earlier decision barring Apple from taking action against the Unreal Engine.

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In her decision (PDF), the judge stated that she sympathizes with Fortnite players regarding the continued unavailability of the game on the iOS platform. However, she said there is a significant public interest in requiring parties to abide by their contractual agreements or in resolving business disputes in the usual way. As for Unreal Engine, the potential for harming other developers was too great to allow Apple to block the use of this tool.

Apple removed Fortnite from mobile platforms in August after Epic broke the rules by prompting players to buy items directly instead of through the App Store, where Apple receives a 30 percent commission. Since then, Epic has teamed up with other companies to change the way mobile app stores work.

Apple said in a statement: “Our clients trust App Store as a safe and secure place where all developers follow the same set of rules. We are grateful to the court, which recognized that Epic’s actions were not in the best interests of her clients and that any problems they might face were their own fault when they violated their agreement. For twelve years App Store was an economic miracle, creating transformative business opportunities for developers large and small. We look forward to sharing next year with the court data on the magnitude of innovation and dynamic development brought to life through the App Store

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