"Fortnite" players on Apple products won't get the new update, or be able to cross-play with other platforms.

It has been a long and sad couple of weeks for Fortnite fans. Mid-August, Fortnite developer Epic added a direct-payment option to their in-game store that circumvented Apple's App Store policy. Both Apple and Microsoft stores "collect an exorbitant 30 percent fee on all payments,” Epic says. 

It was all downhill from there. Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store. Epic sued Apple. And then Epic launched a prepared campaign that included a video parodying Apple's famous "1984" commercial, a push with the #FreeFortnite hashtag, and an in-game tournament with anti-Apple cosmetics. 

There were some more developments, like a failed restraining order and a game engine "held hostage".

But as it stands now, the next season of Fortnite is launching on all platforms but Apple's. macOS and iOS players can still play the 13.40 patch that came out early August, and they'll even be able to play with their friends on other Apple platforms. However, Apple players won't be able to play with those on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and Windows PC.

If Epic wants Fortnite back on the App Store, Apple says the studio just needs to “comply with the App Store guidelines.” If Epic makes the necessary changes, “we will gladly welcome Fortnite back onto iOS,” Apple said.

Epic responded in kind:

"Apple is asking that Epic revert Fortnite to exclusively use Apple payments. Their proposal is an invitation for Epic to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS, suppressing free market competition and inflating prices. As a matter of principle, we won’t participate in this scheme.

You, as a mobile device owner, have the right to install apps from sources of your choosing. Software makers have the right to freely express their ideas and to compete in a fair marketplace. Apple’s policies take these freedoms away."

While the situation continues in a stalemate, all the Apple-based Fortnite players will boot up to the same game they've been playing. Everyone else gets to play Chapter 2: Season 4.

What do you think about the conflict? Who's really losing here, and why is it the players? Join the discussion with a comment!