Why Can’t I Play Fortnite on iPhone or iPad? “Fortnite No Longer Available” on App Store
If you want to play Fortnite on iPhone or iPad (or Android for that matter), you may notice that the game is not available to download and install, it may not be working, and that you can’t get updates for the game. And of course you’re probably wondering why that is, how can such a popular game for kids and adults alike, enjoyed the world over, be unavailable?
On iPhone and iPad, if you already have the most recently updated version you’ll be able to play Fortnite for a bit longer until the new season comes out or the game requires an update.
But if you’re on iPhone and iPad and you need to update Fortnite first, launching Fortnite may tell you that you need an app update, but when you go to update the app you will see an error message stating “‘Fortnite’ No Longer Available” and how the game has been removed by the developer.
The wildly popular team shooter and building game is currently unavailable to play because of a dispute between Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, and Apple, who hosts the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Google pulled Fortnite from their App Store as well, so Android users aren’t able to download and play the game right now either.
So what’s going on? According to Yahoo News:
“Apple Inc. and Google removed Fortnite from their app stores on Thursday, prompting lawsuits by the game’s creator, Epic Games Inc. The moves escalate a dispute between the companies that had been brewing in recent weeks.
The disagreement stems from a longstanding Apple App Store rule saying most apps must offer billing through Apple and pay the company 30% of revenue. On Thursday morning, Epic began offering customers a way to directly buy items for Fortnite and circumvent the fees. Hours later, Apple pulled the app, and Google followed suit later in the day.”
You can also check out epicgames.com for more info.
While it’s certainly possible that Apple and Epic Games will resolve this quickly so that the millions of Fortnite players on iOS and iPadOS can enjoy the game again, it’s also possible that with lawsuits there won’t be a quick resolution to the dispute. In other words, it may be a while before you can play Fortnite on iPad or iPhone again.
So what’s that leave Fortnite fans with for the time being? Well you can still play Fortnite on Mac, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation, and Windows PC, though it’s always possible those platforms could get rolled into the dispute as well. Time will tell.
iPhone, iPad, and Android fans may need to branch out to other similar team shooter games for a while, whether that be PUBG, Call of Duty Mobile, or something else entirely. If you know if any great Fortnite alternatives, feel free to share in the comments.