Fortnite is planning on taking legal action after they were kicked out from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Recently, Epic games passed the payment systems where they introduced the direct payment plan in order to avoid them giving a cut of the sales. Apple and Google used to take a cut of 30% from the in-App revenue which is the purchases made in the game.
This has been uncomfortable for all the developers for a long time. Although Fortnite is available for free in the App Store, the game has in-app purchases where users can buy weapons and skins. Google stated that the game will be available for Android but will not be available on the Play Store. The game can be downloaded from the Epic Games Launcher App as well as Samsung Galaxy App Store.
On Thursday, Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite introduced the direct payment plan. A direct payment plan is when the user will be paying Apple and Google directly. Epic Games said that the plan is the same one as that they used on PC, Mac, and Android. But, Apple and Google stated that the system will be violating their guidelines.
The feature that Epic enabled was not approved by Apple or Google. “The ban was a result of violating the guidelines,” said Apple. Unlike Google and Apple, users do not have the option of downloading the game from any other source. The latest update of EPIC games offered a 20% discount to the players on V-Bucks which is the currency of the game if the money is paid directly to Epic Games rather than the Play Store or App Store.
Epic Games recently released a short film titled ‘ Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite’ which seems like a parody of Apple 1984 commercial introducing Macintosh which is considered iconic. It has already crossed 2.8 million views. You can watch it above. Google is currently discussing to bring Fortnite back by negotiating but Apple has not commented on this topic yet.
Epic Games wants the App Stores to be fair to all developers. They have also launched a campaign #freefortnite on social media platforms. They said that they are not looking for compensation or a pay-out, but rather get what they have earned. Epic Games have sued Apple in the US Court seeking for injunction and to end many practices related to the App Store. We will update you guys if we get any other details regarding this. Until then, stay safe and stay tuned.