Epic doesn’t have rather a lot to share about its plans simply but. It says the shop will launch “later this 12 months,” and Fortnite will likely be out there by it. Each will solely be out there in components of Europe lined by the Digital Markets Act. “Keep tuned for particulars as we work out the regulatory timeline,” it said in a post on X (previously Twitter), including that “we’ll proceed to argue to the courts and regulators that Apple is breaking the legislation.”
Fortnite hasn’t been out there on iOS for more than three years, after Apple kicked the sport off and banned Epic for sneaking in third-party in-app funds. (Epic subsequently sued Apple over it in a case that just wrapped up final week; Epic largely misplaced.)
Apple nonetheless has some oversight of third-party app shops, which implies it’s potential Epic might run into points with the launch.
Epic has stated for years that it wish to deliver its recreation retailer, which is presently out there for Home windows and macOS, to the iPhone. The shop takes a smaller minimize of charges than Apple’s App Retailer, which might make it a compelling choice for builders if Epic can acquire traction.
We’re about to see a wave of bulletins of third-party app shops for iOS after Apple introduced as we speak that they might be allowed in Europe below its new guidelines. Epic is among the first out the gate. AltStore has announced plans to launch, too.