A most popular mobile game “Fortnite” is removed from the Apple app store and google play store for violating the in-app payment policy. Epic Games, the developers of the battle royale game recently announced the Fortnite Mega Drop, a permanent discount on V-Bucks and other purchases of up to 20% off. Moreover, Epic Games has introduced a direct payment system on mobile. This cuts-of the app store fees associated with Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
Apple has released a statement on the matter,
“Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem – including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”
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Google also issued a statement regarding this issue:
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.”
Epic Games will not be able to roll out its new updates on the play store and app store unless the issues are resolved. However, the app can be downloaded directly from the Epic Games website. As of now, users cannot download the games as the sideload options are not available on the iPhone and iPad.
Epic Games takes Legal Action against Apple
The company filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. Epic seeks to force Apple to relax its app store restrictions and allow developers to offer their own payment options.
It seems that Epic games are targeting Apple because the alternative methods is not available on the apple devices for sideloading the apps.
Hope the issues are solved quickly and the users are able to experience a better gameplay on both the apple and android devices. Follow us on social media handles for more tech updates aroud the globe.