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Apple unbanned Epic so it can make an iOS games store in the EU

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Epic is one step closer to opening its iOS games store in the European Union. As part of its 2023 year in review, Epic Games announced Apple has reinstated its developer account, which means it will finally be able to let users download Fortnite on iPhones again.

Epic first announced plans to bring its game store and Fortnite to iOS in January, but it wasn’t clear whether Apple would grant it a developer account.

In 2020, Apple pulled Epic’s developer account after the company began using its own in-app payment option in the iOS version of Fortnite, sparking a lengthy legal battle over whether Apple’s behavior was anticompetitive. But even after the trial ended, and neither company emerged a clear winner, Apple still refused to…

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