The two tech giants, Apple and Google have removed the game Fortnite from their app stores. This happened when the Fortnite developer Epic Games’ updated the app. The update lets users start direct in-app purchases. This acted as a policy violated of both the companies as they take a 30 percent share from in-app revenue purchases in games.
Though Fortnite is a free game, players need to pay for in-app purchases of weapons and skins. The game Fortnite has over 350 million players around the world, According to Sensor Tower.
Apple made the first move of removing the game followed by Google. It is no more available on either of the stores.
As the game is no longer available on google playstore, Android users can still access it. According to Google, Android users can install and play Fortnite from Epic Games app or Samsung Galaxy Store.
An official statement Google said,
“while Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies.” Also, Google said that it welcomes the chances to continue discussions with Epic to bring the game Fortnite back to Playstore.
Apple issued a statement on the matter. “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 enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.” Also, Apple stated that they will make every effort to work with Epic. This is in terms to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.