Fortnite ban: Can iPhone and Android players still play game despite it being kicked out of app stores?

Fortnite has been removed from both the iPhone and Android app stores, leaving players without the easiest and safest way of getting hold of it.

But it is still possible to play the game, even on the more locked-down iOS operating system, even if it is not possible to download it.

On Android, it is still relatively easy to download it, too, though that requires going outside of the Google Play Store.

The current problems began when Fortnite developers Epic Games added the option to circumvent Apple and Google’s payment systems, which take a 30 per cent cut of any transaction made in an app from their App Store. As soon as that arrived, the app was removed from the phone app stores – with Apple going first, quickly followed by Google.

It has led to a standoff that has…