According to Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, Apple has “blacklisted” Fortnite from the App Store. The game is expected to be banned until all court appeals are exhausted, which could take up to five years.

Sweeney made a statement on Twitter, saying that Apple “lied” when the company claimed that it will return Fortnite to its store if Epic Game agrees to “play by the same rules as everyone else.

As Sweeny noted, Epic agreed to follow Apple’s rules, expecting to finally bring the game back to the App Store. The company previously paid $6 million in damages as was ordered by the court.

Epic Games CEO also shared a letter where Apple explained its decision to “blacklist” Fortnite. One of the reasons was Sweeney’s statement about Epic not being ready to “trade alternative payment system away to get Fortnite back on iOS.”

Sweeney, however, claimed that the quote was fabricated. “This is another extraordinary anticompetitive move by Apple, demonstrating their power to reshape markets and choose winners and losers,” he wrote, adding, “If Apple is now blacklisting companies for making statements, where does that policy lead them? To ban Spotify? Match? The New York Times?”

Apple confirmed the authenticity of the letter to Reuters. However, the company declined to further comment on the matter.

On September 10, the court ruled Apple to let developers add links to third-party payment systems outside the App Store. Epic Games later appealed the ruling, while Apple hasn’t decided whether to appeal the decision yet.

Got a story you'd like to share? Reach us at [email protected]