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Epic CEO says Apple bars “Fortnite” until all court appeals end By Reuters

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(Reuters) -Epic Games Chief Executive Officer Tim Sweeney said on Wednesday that Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) informed the “Fortnite” owner that the video game will be blacklisted from the iPhone maker’s ecosystem until all the court appeals are done.

According to a court filing, Epic Games must file its opening brief to appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by December 12, and Apple should reply no later than January 20, 2022. This appeal could go on for years.

In a tweet, Tim Sweeney stated that Apple had informed Epic late last night that Fortnite would be removed from its Apple ecosystem platform until all appeals are exhausted. This could take as much as five years. (https://

Apple confirmed the authenticity of the letter that Sweeney shared, but declined to comment further.

A slew of regulatory and legal challenges are facing the U.S. tech titan, which is also being challenged by Epic Games’ antitrust lawsuit.

In a partial victory for Epic Games, and other app developers, an American federal judge revoked some Apple App Store rules.

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