Epic Games recently added a new feature to Fortnite. With this new “Massive Drop”, users could buy V-bucks directly in-game. To pursue users to actually go fo this, they added a 20% discount for all in-app purchases. Now, the problem is that for platforms such as iOS and Android, the company actually broke the rules. According to the agreement, all freemium apps have to validate purchases via their respective app stores. This ensures that Apple and or Google get their cut out of the purchases for offering the company that service. Now, Apple actually took serious action when the game was removed from the App store a couple of days ago. Now, there is another development in this saga.
Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic that on Friday, August 28 Apple will terminate all our developer accounts and cut Epic off from iOS and Mac development tools. We are asking the court to stop this retaliation. Details here: https://t.co/3br1EHmyd8
— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) August 17, 2020
As we can read from the tweet above, Apple plans to disable and terminate all developer accounts for the Epic team from both iOS and Mac development tools. The company has taken serious action since they have broken the rules of the agreement and starting from August 28th, there will be no signs of Epic Games on the App Store. Now, Epic Games plans to take this case to the court in order to redeem themselves for this. Perhaps, that would have been valid if they hadn’t really broken the agreement in the first place.
While it is true that the final product becomes expensive as we get it from the App Store but it is still an agreement the customer and the company registering enters into with Apple. We can actually see this in the comments from the thread as well that people are actually on Apple’s side. It just doesn’t make sense why Epic Games wanted a bigger piece of the pie from unfair means. Perhaps, once taken to court, we may see a change in precedence or an NDA to be signed between Apple and Epic Games. Long story short though, if you own an Apple product and love Fortnite too, this is a toughie.