- Apple and Google remove the popular game Fortnite by Epic Games from their app store after they introduced their own payment plan.
Apple and Google remove the popular game Fortnite by Epic Games from their app store after they introduced their own payment plan.
After Epic games launched a direct payment plan which circumvents the Google Play Shop and Apple App Store, Apple and Google last night deleted the popular game Fortnite from their app shop. For those who do not learn, both Apple and Google would see a 30% drop in in-app gaming earnings.
The game developer has updated Epic directly for in-app shopping on Thursday for both versions of Fornite. Fortnite is a free game, but players have to pay for weapons and skins in-game.
Epic Games said in a blog that Epic Direct Payments, the Direct Payment Service for iOS and Play Store, was launched by a client. The creator also added that the new system is the same method of payment used in Desktop, Mac, and Ios payments.
Apple said in a statement: “In its, application Android has introduced a functionality not checked or accepted by Apple, and this is done with a clear aim to infringe the in-app payment rules applicable to all developers selling digital goods or services.” Apple said in a statement to this effect.
Meanwhile, Google said in a statement reflecting on the issue, “The open Android ecosystem helps developers to distribute applications across multiple app stores. We have clear policies that are fair to developers for game developers who want to use the Play Store and keep the store safe for users.
“Although Fortnite is still available on Ios, we can’t make it available on Play any more because it violates our policies. We do welcome the chance to continue our talks with Epic, however, and bring Fortnite back to Google Play, “added Google.
Despite the removal, Fortnite will still be available on Android just not through the Play store. Android users will be able to download Fortnite from other app stores like Epic Games app or Samsung Galaxy Store on Samsung devices. For iPhone users, there’s no such option available.
Epic Games has taken Twitter to announce that it will be debuting a new short film entitled “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite,” an obvious spoof of Apple ‘s famous “1984” ad that launched the Macintosh computer.
Shortly after the incident, Epic Games lodged a lawsuit at the US District Court in Northern California against Apple for withdrawing the game from the Itunes store. It subsequently filed a complaint against Google over possible violations of antitrust.