Apple has banished Fortnite in its App Store despite the argument in the lawsuit filed by its developer, Epic Games. The survival game is now unavailable for download, but if the app is already pre-installed in users’ iOS devices, the app is still playable.
Some users thought of making money out of the circumstance by offering iPhones with Fornite on eBay. Gamers sell their iPhone with the pre-installed battle game for as much as $2,000 to $10,000.
Sellers offer to delete other apps and data on the phone being sold, excluding Fortnite. Moreover, other sellers also said that they would be logging out to all of their accounts for buyers to enjoy using the iPhone with Fortnite installed.
In 2014, the same scenario happened when the popular game Flappy Bird was unavailable for download. iPhone with the downloaded application offered their phones higher than its usual price.
The ongoing battle between Apple and Epic fired up when the Fortnite developer issued its direct payment system for in-app purchases discrediting the 30% charge of the App Store for every developer. Since then, Apple claimed that the game maker neglected its Store policies prompting to ban the app.
Epic fights back with a lawsuit against the tech giant; however, Apple backfired saying that it would "not give any exemption" to the developer until Epic removed its direct payment option. Furthermore, the Fornite maker was given until August 28 to whether to follow the rules or get banned in the App Store forever.
Fornite was also banned in Google Play Store for the same reason. But, users can still download the app through a website and install it manually on their devices. Epic even offered downloads direct from its servers fornite.com/android, for Android users to safely download the app.