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Apple has informed Epic Games that it will not allow Fortnite to be re-released on the App Store until the legal case is resolved.

The war between Epic Games and Apple is still going on. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers decided earlier this month that Apple must enable App Store companies to divert customers to alternative payment systems. All other allegations were dismissed by the judge, prompting Apple to hail the decision as a “resounding triumph,” while Epic filed an appeal.

Epic’s attempt to reactivate its developer account, which would let it to put Fortnite back to the App Store, has apparently been refused by Apple.

Judge Rogers’ judgment ruled that Apple’s decision to cancel Epic’s developer account last year was lawful, as we outlined at the time. The verdict also leaves it up to Apple to decide whether or not to reinstate Epic’s account and enable Fortnite to return to the App Store.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney disclosed today in a series of tweets that Apple had refused Epic’s request to restore its developer account.

In a notification, Apple’s legal team stated that it will not allow Fortnite to be re-released on the App Store until the judge’s decision is complete. That is, until all judicial appeals have been exhausted, which may take as long as five years.

Following that decision, Mr. Sweeney has  publicly said that Epic “[w]ouldn’t trade [an alternative payment system] away to get Fortnite back on iOS.” In light of this and other statements since the court’s decision, coupled with Epic’s duplicitous conduct in the past, Apple has exercised its discretion not to reinstate Epic’s developer program account at this time. Furthermore, Apple will not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and nonappealable.

In a notification, Apple’s legal team stated that it will not allow Fortnite to be re-released on the App Store until the judge’s decision is complete. That is, until all judicial appeals have been exhausted, which may take as long as five years.

If we get the account back, we’ll bring Fortnite back to Mac as soon as possible, and we’ll reincorporate Fortnite for iOS in our Unreal Engine development and testing process, which will benefit all of our mutual developers.

Epic will resubmit Fortnite after Apple modifies the App Store standards to meet the ruling, according to the email.

Whether Epic chooses to bring Fortnite back to iOS consumers depends on whether and where Apple updates its guidelines to provide for a level playing field between Apple In-App Purchase and other methods of payment.

Epic will resubmit Fortnite to the App Store if you adhere to the plain lanquage of the court order and allow apps to include buttons and external links that direct customers to other purchasing mechanisms without onerous terms or impediments to a good user experience. In that case, our remaining dispute will be about competing stores, and I genuinely believe we could find common ground on the topic if Apple’s position were based solely on user security and privacy rather than commercial interests.”

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