December 1, 2020

APPLE AND GOOGLE ARE BEING SUED BY EPIC GAMES OVER APP STORE BAN

After being banned from the Google Play app store, Epic Games takes legal action against Google hours after Apple has done the same. Since Epic Games bypassed their payment schemes, Apple and Google both pulled the hit game from their app stores to prevent a price cut.

Both systems take 30% of purchases in their app stores as a criterion. On Android phones, app stores other than Google Play are available so it’s still possible to install Fortnite from the Epic Games’ own launcher app and the Samsung Galaxy app store, giving it less conditional than the Apple’s system.

The last update from Fortnite has offered all players a 20 percent discount on their V-bucks in-game currency, but only if they paid for EpicGames, instead of using payment services from Apple or Google.

The rules in both shops were infringing. On Thursday, Apple took Fortnite away from its App Store and did nothing to install a game for new players.

The publication of a video deriding Apple’s well-established TV advertisement about combating a police state had been clear to Epic Games. It almost instantly published court documents.

Hours later, the Google Play store also disappeared from the app. Epic was still silent about Google in contrast to high profile advertising lightning, that Apple was already prepared to disparage and mobilize support.

Formally, the app is not available on the play store, and “more data will be forthright soon.” Fortnite only tweeted.

Epic Games decides it needs all players to build mobile app stores fairer. It says that it does not request a reimbursement or more favorable deal in both the google and apple legal papers. A consumer protection campaign has been launched on the #freefortnite social media tag.

Even so, any decrease in Apple’s and Google’s 30 % reduction would greatly benefit Epic Games.

Inside a press conference, the manufacturer said it had handled direct payments totaling more than $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion)-excluding purchases by iOS and Google Play.

Games researcher Ampere’s Piers Harding Rolls told the BBC that every month on mobile platforms like Apple iOS they produced tens of million dollars.

GOOGLE’S STATEMENT ON THIS CASE

Inside a declaration, Google tried to point out that users can theoretically install apps from other locations, and said that using the Google Play store was a “choice.”

It added: “The open Android ecosystem allows developers to distribute apps across multiple app stores,” he said. Besides game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and safe for users.

Whilst also Fortnite is still compatible with android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it infringes on our policies.

APPLE’S STATEMENT ON THIS CASE

Inside a declaration, Apple said, “Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and has benefitted greatly from the App Store ecosystem — such as its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple offers to all game makers.

“Epic has freely accepted the terms and guidelines of the App Store but we’re pleased they’ve designed such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their commercial interests now lead them to push for a contractual agreement does not alter the fact that these standards ensure a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users.

“We will make every attempt to work with Epic to resolve these infringements so that they can come back Fortnite to the App Store.”