Epic Games’ Fortnite removed after violating in-application payment guidelines.
Apple and Google on Thursday removed Epic Games’ Fortnite video game from the App Store and Play Store for encouraging users to pay for in-app purchases directly to the gaming company. The direct payment from the customers resulted in a loss for Apple and Google, both of which take about 30 percent commission from the application revenues in games.
Epic Games on August 13th rolled out a new update for Fortnite game users to pay directly to the in-app purchases to the company. Epic Games issued a statement on its official site –
Apple has blocked Fortnite from the App Store, removing everyone’s ability to install and update the game on iOS devices, while instructing Epic to “remove the ‘Epic direct payment’ feature”. Apple is keeping prices high so they can collect 30 percent of your payments, and is blocking Fortnite in order to prevent Epic from passing on the savings from direct payments to you! Join the fight against @AppStore on social media with #FreeFortnite.
In response to the removal of the Fortnite game, Epic Games has taken legal action and sued to end Apple’s anti-competitive restrictions on mobile device marketplaces. Users will not be able to play the upcoming Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4 on iOS.
For now, Fortnite will remain on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and GeForce Now. Epic Games also accused Google of blocking deal between the company and OnePlus to allow the latter’s devices to come with preloaded Epic Games App Store. A similar deal with LG was also blocked by Google as per Epic Games.
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