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Epic Games files new motion to reinstate Fortnite to Apple’s App Store after massive drop in iOS player-base

Epic Games has filed a new motion in its ongoing legal feud against Apple, asking the courts to reinstate Fortnite to the App Store after an over 60-percent decline in the game’s daily active users on iOS, The Verge reported.

Following Apple’s removal of Fortnite from the App Store at the end of August, Epic went to the court with a motion to allow the developer to keep updating Fortnite until the feud was resolved. The judge denied Epic’s first motion, but Epic was allowed to keep its Apple developer accounts to continue to work on Unreal Engine so other game developers using the engine wouldn’t suffer profit losses during the process.

Fortnite’s Chapter two, season four rolled around in the meantime, and Epic couldn’t bring the update to iOS players, which caused a massive decrease in Fortnite’s player count. After losing over 60 percent of its iOS player base, Epic asked the court to reconsider its decision and put Fortnite back into the Apple App Store.

The antitrust lawsuit between Epic and Apple is scheduled to occur on Sept. 28, but the developer is hoping to be able to update the game early to retain its players. The main reason why Epic’s first motion was denied was that the developer failed to provide enough proof supporting how much harm Fortnite’s removal from the app store would cause to both Epic and its players. 

Epic’s latest motion highlights the loss of players since the court’s previous decision and how it was related to the developer’s inability to update its iOS version of Fortnite to the latest season. Despite the number of platforms Fortnite is available on, iOS still makes up almost one-third of the entire player base, and Epic’s afraid that it may not be able to retain these churning players.

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