Epic Games wants to skip the famous Google and Apple canon and offers an alternative payment method in Fortnite. Apple’s response has been forceful by removing Fortnite from the App Store.
When Fortnite was launched on mobile phones in the summer of last year, only for Samsung terminals and through an APK or a solution from the South Korean manufacturer, the game could not be installed through the Apple Play Store. The reason was that they didn’t want to pay the famous 30% fee for publishing a game on the google store.
A few months ago, however, they went through the hoop and allowed Fortnite to be downloaded from the Play Store. In iOS there was no such problem, but now, directly, Fortnite is not available on the iOS App Store.
And it is that, Epic Games has played it by adding an alternative payment method to Google and Apple, bypassing the payment gateway of these companies and offering direct payments that are more beneficial for the players.
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No, you don’t have to pay to have Fortnite on an iPhone or Android, but there are microtransactions, in-game payments, to buy cosmetic items among other things. These items are purchased with virtual money called ‘paVos’ which, in turn, is purchased with real money.
Well, 1,000 V-Bucks is something very normal for many Fortnite players and until now they cost 9.99 euros. However, in the new options we can see that there is another direct payment method to Epic Games of 7.99 euros for the same content. That is to say, two euros less that is a direct pulse to Apple.
And it is that, the user is going to buy as cheaply as possible, and that is what Apple was not amused by the fact that, after finding out, Fortnite has been removed from the App Store.
This is what I ask of a gaming mobile, devices that should stand out for their power, but also for special software that makes a difference.
Apple is within its rights, as is Google if it decides to remove Fortnite from the Play Store, because the two platforms have a clause that specifies that the applications cannot use their own payment solutions, since everything must go through the store in question. They allege security reasons and, in the end, it is they who host the application, but as always this means that the user is left without a game or service.
Epic are not going to sit idly by and have already escalated the case to court … and the truth is that this does not catch us again, since recently Apple vetoed xCloud (Microsoft’s streaming game service that already we have tested) and Google Stadia (of which we also have analysis) for this same.
We’ll see what happens, but this is a fight between Tim ‘Apple’ Cook and Tim ‘Epic’ Sweeney, two CEOs who run two true titans of both technology and video games. And, in fact, we remind you that Epic Games not only makes Fortnite, but also the Unreal graphics engines that practically the entire audiovisual industry uses in one way or another … and they could take their toll on Apple if things get ugly.