Google and Apple have removed this gaming app? the reason will shock you!
Following the removal of Fortnite from Apple, Google has also removed this popular multiplayer gaming app from its platform. You can, of course, install it directly from Epic. But the app is no longer available on both, Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
The ban comes after the new Fortnite update, where Epic Games launched a direct payment plan bypassing Google and Apple. In this payment system, users pay for in-store purchases directly to the company instead of using the official sanctioned system.
It’s quite normal to have in-app purchases to unlock premium features of the game. Usually, users pay through the play store or app store’s gateway. Both, Apple and Google, take a 30% cut of this user payment. Google’s policy dictates, “Developers offering products within a game downloaded on Google Play or providing access to game content must use Google Play In-app Billing as the method of payment.”
Apple issued a statement right away after the ban, “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. As a result, their Fortnite app has been removed from the store.
“Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade. They have benefited from the App Store ecosystem – including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change. The fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work. With Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”
Google also banned it right after releasing the following statement:
“The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. 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.”
In August 2018, Epic pulled Fortnite from the Google Play Store and started distributing it directly from their website. After 18 months, it put Fortnite back but said that ‘Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage’ by ‘repetitive security pop-ups’ and ‘characterizing third party software as malware.’
In Android smartphones, you can easily download Fortnite from other app stores such as Samsung’s Galaxy Store or third-party sources. However, that is not the case with Apple. Once the app has been removed from the App Store, you can not install it from anywhere else.
After the ban by Google and Apple, Epic Games has now sued both these companies citing antitrust violations. Epic’s complaint challenges the monopoly control of Google Play Store and Apple’s App store over the distribution of software and payment systems within that software.