Epic Games has announced a direct payment system as a workaround to avoid a 30 percent fee levied by Apple and Google on Fortnite’s in-game currency V-Bucks. This violates Apple and Google’s app store policies. As a result, both of the companies have removed Fortnite from their stores.
Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google over alleged antitrust violations, just hours after the ban from the stores.
The company has also released a parody video mocking Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl commercial. “Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming 1984,” reads the message in the video.
Even Spotify, Facebook takes sides with Epic games in the battle against Apple’s App Store Fee. The Fortnite developer is accusing Apple of holding monopolistic powers over its users and it does seem like a strong case
Epic is clearly in a war with Google and Apple. Fortnite being removed from both platforms is a huge blow to Epic Games. As of now, nothing has been concluded.