Fortnite is now banned on the iOS App Store & Android Play Store; Epic Games takes legal action
Over the past 24 hours, the popular battle royale game, Fortnite, published by Epic Games has been banned not just on one, but two platforms- iOS and Android.
The game has been taken down from both of the app marketplaces. On both the platforms, the game was taken down when Epic Games began offering customers a way to directly buy items for Fortnite on Thursday so as they could circumvent the fees.
State of Fortnite on mobile is currently in turmoil
In turn, Epic Games has sued both Apple and Google for removing Fortnite from their app stores on Thursday.
As for the ban itself, it came after Epic Games implemented a new direct payment system. Epic Games told their customers on Thursday that they would begin offering a direct purchase plan for items in Fortnite and instead of paying fees to Apple and Google, they would pass on the savings to customers.
Epic Games offered discounts of as much as 20% through its service. Google said in an emailed statement the move violated its store policies but that Fortnite is still available through other means on Android.
Epic Games cited many deeper reasons for the antitrust lawsuit against Google beyond the removal of Fortnite from the Play Store. Epic claimed that Google coerced OnePlus into taking back on a deal that would have seen OnePlus phones come with an “Epic Games Store” app pre-installed, which would be able to download and update games like Fortnite.
As for Apple, Epic Games responded by filing a lawsuit in a California district court alleging that Apple’s rules with respect to its app store and related payments is anti-competitive.