Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google over the removal of Fortnite from Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
On August 13th Fortnite introduced a new payment method for players that involved direct payment method instead of using the Apple Play store or Google Play Store. Players Could buy VBucks, the paid currency of Fortnite for less if they paid through this direct method. Many industry personnel speculated this could be in violation of Apple’s terms of services.
Apple Removes Fortnite from the app store
Following the introduction of Fortnite’s new payment method, Apple removed Fortnite from their App Store. Apple then published a lengthy statement regarding the removal of Fortnite from the Apple Store.
Apple is claiming that Fortnite has violated Apple’s App Store guidelines by bypassing their 30% fee. In a statement issued to The Verge, Apple said,
“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result, their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.
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.”
Google Also Removes Fortnite From The App Store
Following Fortnite’s removal from the Apple App Store Google also decided to do the same. They also removed Fortnite from Google Play Store. In a statement they said,
“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 Files lawsuit
After the removal of Fortnite from both app stores Fortnite issued a lawsuit against Apple and Google. Epic Games was apparently ready for the action against them from both Apple and Google. They filed a lengthy 63-page lawsuit that describes the situation and the reason for the lawsuit.
They posted about filing legal papers against Apple on their official Twitter page.
More details about the lawsuit against Apple can be found in the tweet.
Epic Games has also filed a lawsuit against Google as well. read more details about the lawsuit against Google in an article published by The Verge.
Anti Apple Movement in Fortnite
Just after Apple removed Fortnite published a video in-game about an anti-Apple movement. Apple published a similar style video about IBM in 1984.
What Will Happen To Apple and Android Users
Users who have Fornite already downloaded can play the game still and buy items but they will not be getting the new season 4 update. Nobody can download Fortnite fresh from both the App stores right now. Players might get the 14.0 update on their phone through the play-stores once the dispute is settled.