Epic Games Sues Apple and Google After Fortnite Gets Removed from App Store and Play Store
Epic Games introduced its own in-game payment method for Fortnite across each platform. The new payment system, called Fortnite Mega Drop, offers permanent 20% discount on all V-bucks purchases. This isn’t an issue on PC and console, but things get a bit controversial on mobile platforms.
Both App Store and Play Store charge a 30% fee for all in-game purchases on their platforms. Epic didn’t agree with this policy ever since the company decided to introduce Fortnite on smartphones. The company has been working on the Epic Games Store app for Android to distribute games like Fortnite. Epic had also introduced a stand-alone Fortnite installer app for Android, but Google reported that the app had a major security flaw, which was fixed quickly.
Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices.
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With the new in-game payment method, Epic Games has violated the guidelines of App Store and Play Store by offering an alternative payment option. As a result, Apple and Google have removed Fortnite from App Store and Play Store respectively. According to The Verge, Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against Apple as well as Google. Epic has called out Google and Apple for monopoly control over distribution of apps and payment systems across mobile devices. Epic has also made a parody of Apple’s 1984 Macintosh commercial and started a social media campaign with #FreeFortnite.
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