Fortnite gets removed from Apple and Google app stores


Victor Vega

Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world. In May 2020 they announced that they have over 350 million registered players. It is playable across PC’s, gaming consoles, and on mobile devices. But on Thursday August 13, 2020 Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, violated Apple and Google’s store guidelines.

The new “Epic direct payment” option in game for android devices.
The new “Epic direct payment” option in game for iOS devices.

On Thursday morning, Epic Games acquainted another route to pay for V-Bucks, the in-game money of Fortnite. Players on Android and iOS currently have the alternative to purchase V-Bucks through “Epic direct payment,” a course that offered them a 20% markdown.


In the event that they rather chose to purchase the money through the Play Store or App Store, they’d need to keep paying the (higher) normal cost.


Why the markdown? Google and Apple each take a 30% cut of buys made inside applications in the Play Store and App Store, separately. With direct installments, Epic can give a few investment funds to the clients. Because of their new update and the new “Epic direct payment” it violated Apple and Google’s guidelines so Apple and Google decided to remove Fortnite from their app stores.

On Thursday, Epic filed separate civil suits against Apple and then Google in U.S. federal court, accusing the companies of antitrust violations. As of today August 27, 2020 Fortnite is still gone from the Apple and Google app stores. Players that had Fortnite downloaded on their mobile devices can still play the game and purchase V-bucks, but new incoming players cannot download Fortnite. If Fortnite gets a new update players that play on mobile devices will also not be able to update the game to play.