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Why Google and Apple removed Fortnite from their app stores

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Fortnite has been in the news after the game was banned from Apple’s App Store and Google Play this week. This comes after Epic Games and Apple started feuding over a move the Fortnite developer made without Apple’s approval, which resulted in the removal of Fortnite from the App Store. 

On Thursday, August 13, Epic Games introduced its own direct, in-app payment system for Fortnite across all platforms. Called the Fortnite Mega Drop, the new system implemented permanent discounts of up to 20% on V-bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency. On PC and console, this isn’t a problem, but on mobile devices, things get a little more controversial.

As a result, Fortnite app was removed from the store,” Apple said in a statement, adding that it’ll work with Epic to resolve the issue. “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.”

Google also cited rule-breaking by Epic as the reason it removed Fortnite from its digital marketplace. Consumers can still download the game on Android phones using other app stores, such as the Galaxy Store for Samsung devices.

“While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies,” a Google spokesman said. “However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.”

In response to the crisis, Epic Games introduced direct payments in Fortnite’s mobile versions, circumventing the App Store cuts taken by Apple and Google. In response, Apple has removed Fortnite from the iOS App Store, and that in turn has led to Epic filing a lawsuit against Apple. 

Fortnite developer Epic Games is suing Apple and Google after both pulled Epic’s hit game from their app stores over direct-payment disputes. As of right now, neither are allowing users to download and install Fortnite on phones through their digital marketplaces.

Apple earlier Thursday said it chose to remove Fortnite from its App Store because the game violated guidelines Apple says it applies equally to every developer and that are designed to keep the store safe.

Source: GameSpot, CNET. 

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