A federal judge has ruled that Apple can continue to block the hit video game Fortnite from its app store as the iPhone maker defends a landmark antitrust lawsuit by the game’s publisher, Epic Games.
The ruling means that, for the foreseeable future, millions of Fortnite players who access the game on iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices will remain unable to play the game’s latest content or download app updates.
Epic Games sued Apple in August after Apple removed Fortnite from its platform. Apple blamed Epic for deliberately breaching the terms of its developer contract when Epic sought to circumvent Apple’s in-app payment system — using a software update that encouraged Fortnite players to buy in-game currency directly from Epic Games.
The move meant