Apple removes Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games adds its own payment system.
Epic Games sued Apple (via PC Gamer ), accusing it of using “restrictions on competition and monopolistic practices” to distribute software and process payments on iOS devices.
Epic Games filed legal documents in response to Apple, read more here: https://t.co/c4sgvxQUvb
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 13, 2020
She also released a video parodying a 1984 Apple ad in which she challenges the company’s monopoly.
Apple only pulled Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games, responsible for the game, implemented its own payment system that bypasses Apple’s 30 percent fee for purchases in its store, which the tech giant says violates the App Store’s legal guidelines.
In a statement to The Verge, Apple said it plans to work with Epic to “correct these violations,” but previously said it had no plans to make “special arrangements” for the company.
Epic’s decision appears to be a way to provoke Apple, as the studio said in its statement about the new payment method that it will guarantee players lower prices. For example, if you buy 1,000 V-Bucks the traditional way Apple has a share, the value is $10, but if you pay Epic directly, the value is $8.
Fortnite The Drop is coming today! Get up to 20% off V-Bucks purchases when you use certain payment methods. This is not a temporary promotion… these are our new prices!
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— Fortnite Brazil (@Brasil_Fortnite) August 13, 2020
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has been complaining for years about the fees charged by mobile app stores, saying nothing justifies the 30% they earn from all developers after making significant changes to the way they do it, challenging how Apple and Google are negotiating. with third-party developers.
Epic even launched a game store on PC, the Epic Games Store, which gets only 12% of the revenue from games published there, to encourage Steam to change its policy towards developers.
According to Washington Post reporter Gene Park, he can still log into Fortnite with his iPhone and buy V-Bucks, both the cheaper Epic method and the more expensive traditional Apple method, meaning that anyone playing the game on their devices are installed, apparently still able to play it normally. However, he points out that there are users who say that even if they enter the game, they cannot buy anything.
Ok I just bought 2000 Vbucks with the epic discount and regular apple price. Both were still working. Apple can still collect Fortnite money. pic.twitter.com/CgK6AYBbnm
— Gene Park, CEO of Pizza Butt (@GenePark) August 13, 2020
We don’t yet know how long this situation will last, but if it isn’t resolved, the game will soon be available only for Android on smartphones and tablets.
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