Fortnite is coming to iOS in Japan in late 2025 following new government legislation.

    • Fortnite is coming back to iOS, this time in Japan!
    • A new law passed by the Japanese government aims to open app stores in the country.
    • Epic Games has promised its new mobile storefront and Fortnite will return to iOS in Japan by the end of 2025.

    Yes, it’s that time of the week again. When we write about Fortnite making a comeback on iOS! But hold the phone, this is not about Britain or America, but about Japan. Yes, you read that right, Japan’s government and Diet (Parliament) have passed a new law to open up mobile app stores.

    naturally, Fortnite (and possibly Sweeney behind the scenes) He was quick to point this out as a clear victory on his part. However, we note that they promise an imminent arrival of Fortnite and the Epic Games Store to iOS (cough) in late 2025 (cough).

    What does this tell us? Well, this could indicate that the international rollout of the Epic Games Store could slip to 2025 anyway. Of course, legislation doesn’t happen overnight, and given the time it takes to enact it (and assuming any legal challenges don’t take too long) the end of 2025 is a sadly realistic timeframe, esp. Basically, this is the date that has been predicted. Also arriving in the UK.

    what else?

    Japan’s new law is effectively similar to other legislation such as the DMA and other proposed changes in the US. Basically, Japan has legislated that neither Google nor Apple can prevent competing services, such as alternative app stores, from being sold on their storefronts.

    It’s another move to open up the app ecosystem, which Apple has protested on security grounds. For the average consumer and mobile gamer, this could usher in a wave of new stores offering exciting incentives for adoption, or a whole new era of confusion.

    Regardless, however, this looks like a real sea change in favor of companies that have been duking it out for years with Apple like Epic Games.

    Still, there’s no reason to switch to alternative app stores just yet. Especially with new games coming out weekly. Speaking of which, why not take a look at the latest entry in our regular feature of the top five new mobile games to try this week?


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