Judge slams Epic, says Apple was right to ban Fortnite from the iPhone

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  • Epic Games did not win its preliminary injunction in its antitrust against Apple, which would have forced Apple to allow Fortnite back onto the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
  • Fortnite remains unavailable on Apple devices, as the judge presiding over the case ruled against Epic, citing the company’s deceitful practices, intentional breach of contract, and unwillingness to fix a problem of its own creation.
  • The judge did stop Apple from blocking Unreal Engine, so the ordeal hasn’t been a complete loss for the game developer.

Epic Games has received the decision we warned you about a few weeks ago. The judge presiding over its case against Apple denied Epic a temporary injunction that would have forced Apple to allow Fortnite back into the App Store. That means iPhone, iPad, and Mac owners will have to look elsewhere to get their Fortnite fix, as the game will not make a return to Apple devices anytime soon. Epic and Apple’s court battle is just getting started, and the antitrust case will likely be tried in front of a jury, but that can’t happen anytime soon. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has at least saved Epic’s other major property from getting banned from Apple’s App Store, the Unreal Engine that many other game developers license for their own creations.

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Gonzalez Rogers hinted during the injunction relief hearing a few weeks ago that she wasn’t inclined to side with Epic when it comes to Fortnite. She pointed out at the time that Epic lied in its business relationship with Apple. “You did something, you lied about it by omission, by not being forthcoming. That’s the security issue. That’s the security issue!” Gonzalez Rogers told Epic. “There are a lot of people in the public who consider you guys heroes for what you guys did, but it’s still not honest.”

In court, Apple argued that its App Store practices that Epic had violated are meant to protect users from security risks and malicious software. Epic in late August, activated a hidden feature inside its Fortnite game that turned on a secondary payment option for users. Apple would have never approved the feature, and that’s…