GOOGLE AND APPLE VS FORTNITE
FORTNITE (PEGI 12) has been removed from both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store over a payment dispute. In return, Epic Games (which makes Fortnite) is taking the two tech giants to court.
When you spend money on a game that’s on the App Store or the Play Store, 30% of the money you spend goes to Apple or Google, with the rest going to the app’s developers and publishers. Other apps that aren’t games, such as the Amazon and Uber apps, don’t have 30% of the purchase price taken by Apple or Google.
Epic Games says this isn’t fair, and that 30% is an “exorbitant” (excessive) charge, so the company created an in-game option that allows players to purchase V-Bucks (the in-game currency) from Epic directly, for less money than usual. For example, a purchase of 1,000 V-Bucks will now cost £7.99 instead of £9.99.
Apple responded by booting Fortnite from its store, quickly followed by Google. There are other Android app stores where Fortnite is still available to download, but for a billion Apple devices, there’s no way to play the smash-hit game.
Within hours of its removal from the App Store, Fortnite fired back with a silly video, making fun of an old advert created by Apple to advertise its Macintosh computers back in 1984. The video ended with a call to fans, asking them to help #FreeFortnite.
Epic Games also announced that it would be taking both Apple and Google to court over their decisions.
While it’s unfortunate for those playing Fortnite on mobiles, it’s worked out well for those on PCs and consoles, as the price of V-Bucks has dropped by 20% for all players.
Whose side are you on? Do you think Apple should be allowed to decide how much it costs to use the App Store, or is Epic Games right to make a fuss?