Apple has removed Fortnite from the App Store. The reason? Epic instated a new IAP that bypassed Apple’s services and let players get discounted goods direct from Epic itself.
Apple takes a cut of all IAPs purchased through games downloaded on the App Store. By implementing the new system, Epic violated the App Store’s terms and conditions, hence the game being pulled.
In retaliation, Epic has released this pretty funny video. We’ve embedded it below so you can have a bit of a giggle.
Epic has also filed legal papers against Apple to try and get the game reinstated. Apple in turn has released a statement to the Verge explaining its own stance. We’ve stuck some of it below, but click that link to read the whole thing.
“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”
This sort of feels like one of those awesome drawings of a T-rex getting in a fight with a Triceratops, but instead of teeth and horns they’re bashing each other with money.
Epic was one of the companies that was at the forefront of legitimising mobile gaming on the App Store with the Infinity Blade series. How things have changed since then.
We’ll keep you updated as and when we hear more. What do you think? Whose side are you on? Make sure you let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.