Fortnite removed from Apple App Store and Google Play Store
Apple and Google removed Epic Games’ popular game, Fortnite. The game was removed from the App stores of Android and iOS after Epic Games introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Google and Apple.
For the ones without the context, Apple and Google both take a 30% cut from the in-app revenues in games and in order to bypass that Epic Games introduced their own payment gateway within the game Fortnite so that the purchases made from now on go straight to Epic Games without the amount altered.
Fortnite is a free-to-play game but to get exclusive rewards such as weapon skins and emotes one can opt to pay. On Thursday, an update was pushed out which introduced their own payment gateway for in-app purchases and a blog post described Epic Games were bringing their Epic Direct Payments to the mobile platform, the same method that they use on Desktop version of the game.
Apple reverted in a statement on the same leading to the removal of the app, “Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”
Goggle added a few words on the same as well while eliminating the app on the store for the time being, “The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users.
While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.”
Android is open in its nature; Google has eliminated the app on its key App Store but the game will still be available on other stores such as Epic Games App or Samsung’s own Galaxy Store. Whereas, there is no such alternative for iOS users.
Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 13, 2020
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The developer didn't stop there, in return, Epic Games took the matter further releasing a short film called” Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite,” a parody of Apple’s commercial which was released back in time in the year ”1984” for the introduction of Macintosh Computer. Later in the day, Epic Games has filed a complaint against Apple in District Court of Northern California for the removal of App and against Google as well over antitrust violation allegations.