Fortnite Season 4 is available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Android but not on iOS. Back in August, Fortnite was removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The entire controversy started when Epic Games announced Epic Direct on Thursday, 13 August 2020. Epic Direct allowed Fortnite players to pay for the in-game items directly, thus allowed Epic to avoid paying a 30 percent fee for the transactions. The 30 percent cut earns Google and Apple millions in revenue. However, Android users can still play the game but it can’t be said about Apple users. Now Epic Games Begs In Court To Reverse Fortnite Ban
For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. 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.
After the Fortnite ban by apple. Epic filed a case against Apple and the CEO of Epic Games Tim Sweeney said:
Apple’s removal of Fortnite is yet, one more example of Apple flexing its enormous power so as to impose unreasonable restraints and unlawfully maintain its 100% monopoly over the iOS in-app payment processing market.
Fortnite Ban By Apple
For a month now, Apple and Epic are going head to head over the Fortnite ban from Apple’s App Store. Epic answered a question on Epic’s FAQ “Apple has retaliated by blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store, and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices”. Epic also claims that they have lost half of the iOS users who played Fortnite on Apple devices already. In the filing Epic quoted:
Apple is a monopolist. It controls all app distribution on iOS and controls all in-app payment processing for digital content on iOS. It unlawfully maintains these two monopolies by explicitly prohibiting any competitive entry in either market
Apple users are already leaving Fortnite since the cross-play is no longer available as Season 4 never arrived on the iOS. Epic Games claims that because of the Fortnite ban, daily users have dropped 60%. That’s not it, Apple has also threatened Epic:
Apple retaliated with ferocity. Not only did it remove Fortnite from the App Store, which Epic anticipated, but it also declared it would terminate every one of Epic’s Apple Developer Program accounts and cut off Epic’s access even to software tools that are widely available to the public.
Moreover, Epic Games CEO has warned his company faces a “death sentence” and said, ” Under Apple’s monopoly, a decision not to carry a product is a death sentence to that product and shuts out all its iOS users”.
Now Epic Store is asking Apple to Reverse the Fortnite Ban. However, Apple has agreed they will allow Fortnite back on the App Store, only on one condition, if Epic ended Epic Direct. Epic has not yet agreed to these terms.
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games