Why was this done? Well, because Google and Apple take a whopping 30% cut of every IAP bought through their payment channels. Now, however, Apple has made the decision to remove Fortnite altogether from the App Store as this new direct payment option violates the store’s guidelines.
In a statement to The Verge, Apple made it clear that it aims to work with Epic to “resolve these violations” so that Fortnite can return to the App Store. This is only the latest case of Epic attempting to break Google and Apple’s stranglehold, with Fortnite for Android having initially sidestepped a Google Play launch. That decision was ultimately reversed earlier this year.
What’s especially interesting about all of this is how Epic has framed its direct payment option as a pro-consumer move. By offering a heavy discount to those who use this method and then waiting for Apple or Google to snatch it away, Epic has likely aligned consumers to its cause. After all, I don’t want to have to pay a couple quid more just to line Apple or Google’s pockets when Epic is offering a compelling alternative.
Fortnite is still available for download from over on Google Play at the time of writing.
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