Epic Game’s popular survival battle game Fortnite established a direct payment system for iOS. The prices of the in-app purchases in the game are at a lower cost if the user will choose Fortnite’s own payment method. It’s good news for gamers but not for the Apps Store owner, Apple.
The mobile software giant had to vanish the gaming software in its Apple App Store because of its rash action. Fortnite is currently unable to be installed and updated on iOS devices since the launch of its in-app payment system.
However, according to sources, those who have installed the app a long time ago could still play and access the game. Sources said that they could even use Fortnite’s direct payment to buy cheaper in-app purchases. The payment for most of the apps published in Apple’s App Store always had a 30 percent fee.
Apple has its regulations and guidelines for developers to follow and maintain when it comes to publishing applications in its App Store. According to the mobile software company, Epic has violated the App Store guidelines by enabling a new feature.
“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,” statement of Apple to The Verge.
“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.”
The removal of Fortnite app in Apple’s Store has resulted for its game developer to file an antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant. Epic also responded through uploading a video protest on YouTube to encourage gamers and fans to support its raging battle with Apple.
In response to Epic’s sentiments, Apple stated to The Verge, that they “will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”
However, Epic’s Fortnite is not just blocked in Apple App Store but also got removed in the Google Play Store for the same reason. Fortnite’s developer had included its own payment method in the Play Store, which has led Google to take down the battle royal app.
Meanwhile, Epic Game is not alone when it comes to criticizing the policies of Apple. Facebook, Microsoft, and Google’s cloud gaming apps and services were recently rejected by Apple, arguing that the three giants should abide by the guidelines laid out. They are forced to remove their app’s valuable functionalities and features just to be visible in the Apple App Store.