New Delhi: Apple and Google yanked “Fortnite,” one of the world’s most popular videogames, from their app stores in an escalating battle over the fees they charge developers to distribute their software and process in-app purchases.
After being kicked off of the App Store earlier today, Fortnite now has also been removed from Google Play.
This is the latest development in an ongoing battle between developer Epic Games and multiple platform holders, kicking off earlier today with Epic implementing the ability to purchase Fortnite currency directly on mobile, circumventing Apple and Google’s purchasing services and 30% revenue share.
Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store, then Epic sued Apple, and finally, there was an in-game video parodying Apple’s own 1984 commercial, positioning Apple itself as the monopolist.
Reacting to the same, Apple said in a statement, “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.”
Whereas Google said that although Fortnite has violated its policies, it has not been banned from Android and can be downloaded from various other Android platforms.
The game would no longer be available on Google Play Store until the companies reach a settlement but it can be downloaded from other platforms such as the Epic Games app that is available on the Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Store, exclusively for Samsung users.