Apple, Google drop Fortnite from app stores over payments

Yolanda Curtis
September 15, 2020

For more game tips and guides, always keep your tab open here at TechTimes. Google's system takes a 30 percent cut, just as Apple does.

As for the iOS users, those who have already downloaded Fortnite can still access the game, but new downloads are disabled.

Sweeney also notes that this action's goal isn't about money, or Epic Games getting special treatment on Apple's App Store or Google's Play Store. Users meanwhile can still use Epic's in-app payment system.

The move has garnered industry support, with a Spotify spokesperson saying in a statement: "We applaud Epic Games' decision to take a stand against Apple and shed further light on Apple's abuse of its dominant position". It said players could not get the discount if they paid via Apple or Google, Brian Fung and Shannon Liao report for CNN Business.

According to the lawsuit, Apple's anti-competitive conduct eliminates alternative payment options like Bitcoin to be used in the game. The side-by-side comparison makes it pretty clear how you'll be ripped off if you buy through Apple or Google. The bans have in turn allowed Epic Games to sue both companies for potential antitrust violations, but we're also learning more about what Google has apparently done to hurt Epic Games. "In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices".

Apple on Friday declined to comment on Epic's suit. This controversy could give Epic an excuse to launch the store on Android.

Apple has not responded to this issue.

To update/install Fortnite on iOS, open the iOS app store, and tap on the account icon, as shown below.

"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", Apple said in statement.

If you have never downloaded Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad, there is no other way to do a fresh install of Fortnite on iOS at this time.

Epic has become one of the most important game developers in the world on the success of Fortnite, which is available on PC, consoles, and mobile.

"In late July, Apple CEO Tim Cook joined the CEOs of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to testify before Congress about potentially anticompetitive behavior".

There is a growing reaction against Apple.

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