As Fortnite’s update attempts to allow users to pay Epic Games directly for in-app purchases instead of using the App Store’s and Google Play Store’s system, both companies have kicked out the online video game today.
Fortnite is having a rough day after Apple’s and Google’s decision to remove the game in Android and iOS stores. Apple was the very first to make the big move who don’t appear to be happy about the idea that Fortnite prefers its customers to pay them directly, bypassing Apple Store’s system.
“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,” said Apple via The Verge.
Epic Games, the developer of the cultural phenomenon, immediately sued Apple with a 60-page complaint against the Silicon Valley giant and released a parody video of Apple’s “1984” ad.
Even though Google’s system on in-app purchasing is way less strict than Apple, it still considered Epic’s action to be crossing the line for which the tech giant commented: “While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies."
"However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play,” added Google. Hours after Apple, Google has removed Fortnite from Google Play Store.
Epic handled Google’s response quickly as well by filing a lawsuit against the tech giant and using antitrust violations in their lawsuit. The developer claimed that Google’s payment restrictions constitute to monopoly, an argument Epic also used against Apple. Additionally, Fortnite’s developer is saying that Google forced OnePlus to “renege” on a deal that would have made a special Fortnite launcher preinstalled on its products, the OnePlus phones.
It became clear that Epic was prepared by using the antitrust issue against two companies who were grilled by Congress in late July for their dominance in the industry.