Why Was Fortnite Removed From The App Store And Google Play?

Epic Games and Apple are feuding over a move the Fortnite developer made without Apple’s approval, which resulted in the removal of Fortnite from the App Store. If you’ve seen #FreeFortnite trending on social media or caught that Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite video Epic posted, you’re probably wondering what happened. Here’s a quick breakdown.

What Did Fortnite Do To Make Apple Mad?

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.

Fortnite's new direct payment method on iOS devices, prior to App Store removal.
Fortnite’s new direct payment method on iOS devices, prior to App Store removal.

Both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store collect a 30% fee from in-game purchases on their platforms. The new payment system gives players a choice between processing their in-app purchase through Apple (on iOS) or Google (on Android), thus paying a few dollars more and allowing Apple or Google to take their usual cut, or bypassing this step altogether and paying a lower price directly to Epic. By introducing a direct payment system that sidesteps Apple’s fee, Epic Games has violated the App Store guidelines.

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Author: Chloi Rad