Last night, both Android as well as iOS app stores removed the popular game Fortnite.
Last night, both Google and Apple removed the popular game Fortnite from their app store because the Epic Games launched a direct payment plan that bypasses both Google and Apple App stores. For the ignorant, both Apple and Google take 30% cut from in-app revenue purchase in games. The developer of the game updated for both versions of Fortnite that let users pay Epic directly for in-app purchase. Fortnite is a free battle royale game but users need to pay for stuff like weapons skins and Battle Royale Pass.
Why Fortnite removed from Google or Apple stores?
Epic Games said in a blog post that the company was introducing a Epic direct payments, a method plan for iOS and Play store. The game developer further added that the new system in the same payment method it uses to process payments on PC and Mac computers as well as Android devices. On this statement Apple said, “Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not approved or reviewed by Apple, and they did so with the express intention of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sell digital goods and services.
Meanwhile, Google also commenting on the matter that, “The open ecosystem of Android lets the developers free to distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose Play store foe use, we have consistent policies that are fair for developers and keep the store safe for users.” “While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play Store because it break our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic Games and bring Fortnite back to Google Play Store,” Google said.
Here’s How to download Fortnite from other app stores?
In spite of the removal, Fortnite will still be available on Android just not through the play store. Android users will be able to download Fortnite from other store like Epic Games have own store, Samsung Galaxy Store on Samsung devices. But for iPhone users, there’s no such option available. Epic Games took to Twitter to reveal that it would debut a new short film called “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite,” a seeming parody of Apple iconic “1984” that introduced the Macintosh computer.