Epic Games did not budge on the new payment method. Instead, they hatched a plan to get back at Apple and Google for controlling these profit cuts. Apple and Google both retaliated by removing Fortnite off their respective stores due to breaking the terms of service agreement.
Apple was the first company to take a stance against Epic Games for trying to outsmart them by adding a new payment method through the store. After the company removed Fortnite, Epic Games began rallying the public to its side to help fight the company. Apple is currently facing antitrust concerns over its operations of the App Store and the rules it puts in place for certain developers. Some developers feel the company treats others better while some are constantly facing issues.
Following the removal of Fortnite on the App Store, Epic Games released a troll video titled “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” with the #FreeFortnite tag. The video is a clone of Apple’s 1984 ad. The video aired on YouTube and in Fortnite itself. This video raises concerns over Epic Games and its premaditated plan to launch a smear campaign. This sort of thing needed time.
Apple released a statement claiming the company plans to work with Epic Games to “resolve these violations”. However, they have no intention to create a special arrangement for the company.
In a statement, Google explained why the company also removed Fortnite from the Play Store. However, users can still download the game through Epic Game’s own app launcher the same way they did before the game released officially late in 2018.
Epic Game’s in-game purchase method was also a lot cheaper than both Google Play and the Apple. Users could save $3 on a 1000 V-Bucks purchase. Users who currently have the game downloaded on their Androids and iPhones can still use them as per usual. However, deleting them will result in you losing the game until they arrive back on the store.
How long will the games be gone for? We don’t know. Soon after all this went down, Epic Games issued a lawsuit to both Apple and Google for unfair marketplace treatment. This whole situation highlights the bigger issues surrounging both Google and Apple when it comes to games and purchases around the world. Apple, in particular is going to have to find a solution to this problem sooner than later. Many of their policies have held developers at randsom making it impossible to release apps on iOS. Microsoft xCloud, for example, was recently denied due to it relying on a library of games within the app.
August 13, 2020
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