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After years off Apple's App Store, 'Fortnite' will reappear in the EU

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Epic Games has announced that it will bring the much-beloved battle royale game "Fortnite" back to the iPhone and iPad in 2024 — but only in Europe.

On Thursday, Epic Games posted that it plans to launch its own Epic Games store for iOS in Europe later this year. Of course, the company couldn't resist taunting Apple in the post, either.

Currently, there is no concrete date for the launch of the Epic Games Store. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney originally promised a 2023 return.

As Epic Games Newsroom notes, the company will need to figure out the regulatory timeline. The company also stated that it would "continue to argue to the courts and regulators that Apple is breaking the law."

Epic's decision to bring Fortnite back to iOS was spurred by Apple's recent announcement that as of iOS 17.4, developers will be allowed to offer alternative app stores in the European Union.

On Thursday, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney fired back at Apple for implementing an "anticompetitive scheme rife with junk fees."

Epic and Apple were locked in a seemingly never-ending legal battle that began in 2020 when Epic first skirted Apple's rules for in-app purchases. The US Supreme Court declined to hear both Epic's and Apple's appeal, so that aspect of the saga has ended.