Epic Games warns Fortnite players that the app may be removed during iOS updating

If the app is removed, you will never be able to download it again.

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2020年09月25日, 午後 06:56 in egmt
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The official Twitter account of Epic Games' popular Fortnite game operator has warned users of the iOS version of the app that they may not be able to play the game if they do not have enough free space to update to iOS 14.

iOS has a feature that "if there is not enough free space in the internal storage during a software update, the app is automatically deleted temporarily to free up space for the update". This puts Fortnite for iOS at risk of being deleted as well.

However, this OS update method is not a particularly problematic process because if the app is re-downloadable, it will automatically re-download and return to the state when the OS is updated.

However, Fortnite has now been removed from the App Store due to the addition of a direct purchase option (not through the App Store's in-App-Purchase and not paying a fee to Apple), which violates the terms and conditions.

So once it's deleted, it can't be reinstalled, according to Epic, "because Apple is preventing users from accessing it."

That's why Epic is telling iOS players who want to continue playing Fortnite that if they get a message “Temporarily Remove Apps to Install the Software Update?”, they should press Cancel first. It then recommends that players go to Settings->General->iPhone Storage, and manually delete the unwanted apps or media to free up space.

It should be the less frequently used apps that are prioritized and auto-removed in the first place, and if you're an avid player, Fortnite is not likely to be subject to auto-removal. Apple has also postponed indefinitely the "Sign in with Apple" suspension on Epic Games accounts, although they have once announced it. it is apparent that the company has been considerate of not putting any more burden on the general public.

However, it's also true that the risk is undeniable in case it happens. And on the Epic side, they may have just wanted to reiterate that "Apple is preventing users from accessing it".

The next time Apple and Epic representatives face off in court is scheduled for September 28. With Apple criticizing Epic's actions as a "sneak assault" and "commission-theft" and decrying the lawsuit itself as a "campaign to revive Fortnite's popularity," it will be difficult to reach a compromise for a while, but we'll be watching the developments.

Source: Fortnite Status (Twitter)

Via: iMore

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

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