Apple and Google removed the popular game Fortnite from the app stores on grounds on violating the app store guidelines. This happened on August 13th and sparked controversy between the game makers and the tech giants. According to reports, Fortnite game maker Epic Games sues Apple and Google for removing the app.
What led to the removal of the app from the sites?
Fortnite just introduced a direct payment system in the app, that didn’t allow the stores to pocket the payment. According to Apple, Epic Games is violating its in-app payment policy in doing this.
Fortnite game maker Epic Games has, hence, sued Apple and Google; not for money but to end many of their policies regarding app stores.
Epic Games stand on the decision
Epic Games mentioned that they had introduced the direct payment feature so that their users did not have to pay huge amounts to the app stores. They said, “Epic believes that you have a right to save money thanks to using more efficient, new purchase options.”
“Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation. Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched, and more pernicious than the monopolists of yesteryear,” Epic mentioned in their lawsuit. Epic also claimed that Google was abandoning its “Don’t Be Evil” motto and using its power to downsize competitors.
Epic Games also took to their social media handles to speak of the injustice meted to them. They attacked Apple in their social media campaign and created a parody out of their famous 1984 TV ad. Epic also urged fans to seek refunds from Apple if they lost access to the game. They used the hashtag #FreeFortnite.
Check out the tweet and the parody by clicking on the picture below.
Apple and Google’s stand
Although Fortnite maker Epic Games sues Apple and Google, none of them has restrained from giving statements.
As per CNBC reports, Apple said that they removed Fortnite on violating rules that apply to every developer. They mentioned that Apple was not given a chance to even review or approve the app and hence, Apple believes, that Epic had the intent of violating the guidelines.
A Google spokesman too gave a similar statement while speaking to CNBC. “While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.