Fortnite was eliminated from the App Store and Play Store after Epic Games declared war on Apple and Google yesterday by introducing a direct in-app payment system. At this moment, therefore, it is not possible to download the blockbuster game (3,000 euros per minute) either on iOS or Android. Epic Games reacted to the decision made in Cupertino and Mountain View by suing both companies.
The tone of the story gets harsh: Apple is accused of being "the largest technology monopolist in history", a"giant that seeks to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation". Google, on the other hand,"has not kept its promises"to be an open ecosystem, falling into the temptation of being a monopolist of the market (remember that Fortnite only landed on the Play Store in April of this year, after in 2018 it had instead revealed its desire not to be distributed through the Google).
Epic activated a feature in its app that has not been reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the intention of violating the App Store guidelines on in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells goods. or digital services.
This is the excerpt of the press release published by Apple regarding the decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store. The same reasons can be found in the statement from Google, which accuses Epic Games of "violating the policies"which regulate the approval and publication of applications on the Play Store. There is a loophole on Android: owners of Samsung smartphones can still download the game from the Galaxy Store.
A crisis that has been in the air for some time is finally opening: Apple and Google are now seen as absolute monopolists, holders of the entire digital mobile market and, therefore, "free" to apply the rules they believe are (for them) more advantageous and profitable. Not only are the commissions to be paid mandatory and considered too high (30%), but the rules of the market are also considered false: they are before the eyes of all the cases of Spotify and Kaspersky who have accused Apple of favoring its apps by preventing made a healthy competition.
On the other hand, both Apple and Google respond by justifying this rigidity guarantees a higher level of security to users and, at the same time, allows to offer the same treatment to all developers.
Fortnite meanwhile launches the hashtag #FreeFortnite, and publishes a video remake of the historic Macintosh advertisement dated 1984. Needless to say, the hashtag is already the most popular on Twitter …
Among the "victims" of the lawsuit filed by Fortnite is OnePlus, which with Epic Games has started a collaboration to pre-install the battle royale on the brand's smartphones with an optimized gaming experience. On the OP8 and 8 Pro, for example, the frame rate reaches 90FPS. Well, Google asked OnePlus to terminate the ongoing relationship, worried that the game could be downloaded and updated through the Epic Games app bypassing the Play Store.