Fortnite has been unavailable on iOS devices since the legal dispute started between Epic Games and Apple. This outcome has caused immense disappointment in the community.
For those still unaware, in August 2020, Epic Games updated Fortnite on iOS platforms to bypass Apple's in-built transaction system. Epic Games defended their actions by claiming that "Apple's monopoly" on transactions through the App Store is unfair to developers and publishers.
Needless to say, Apple retaliated by removing Fortnite from the App Store. Epic Games fired back with a massive lawsuit. Since then, both parties have been embroiled in a legal battle that has been ongoing for over eight months now.
However, there have been some indications suggesting both parties might arrive at a mutual agreement. But nothing has been formalized yet.
That being said, there have been multiple leaks suggesting that Epic Games is working on the iOS version of Fortnite. This could mean that iOS players are closer to playing Fortnite than they might have thought.
Will Fortnite return to iOS devices in 2021
After countless requests and various rumors, it is believed that Epic Games and Apple are close to settling their dispute.
According to the reports, the trial between Epic Games and Apple is scheduled for the first week of May. The trial could potentially result in a final settlement between the two parties.
If that happens, Fortnite players can expect a rapid return of the game to the iOS platform. However, considering the history of this dispute between the two, the trial could easily drag on for several months.
Although there is a lot of uncertainty about the return of Fortnite to iOS devices, it is expected that Apple and Epic Games would want to settle this prolonged dispute because Fortnite players on iOS devices have been affected for more than a year now.
With that said, iOS players have no other choice than to wait for the end of the legal battle. The future of Fortnite on iOS currently rests on the results of the trial.