In August 2020, Fortnite was removed from the Apple App Store due to the legal complications between Fortnite maker Epic Games and Apple over the policies of Apple.
Since then, only players who had the game installed before the removal of the game from the App Store are allowed to play the game on iOS and macOS platforms. Another drawback of the departure of Fortnite from the App Store is that iOS and macOS users have not received any further updates after 13.40. That version of Fortnite is almost 3 years behind the current version of the game.
And now it looks like it will become more complicated for iOS and macOS users to enjoy Fortnite as Epic Games will be locking out accounts on iOS and macOS from buying V-Bucks. Other than that, only 18+ players will be allowed to play the game on those platforms beginning January 30th, 2023. The Fortnite Status Twitter account posted the update on January 23rd, 2023. (Spotted by Engadget)
Beginning January 30, Fortnite players using the August 2020 13.40 app build previously available on iOS, Mac, and Google Play can no longer spend V-Bucks and must be over 18 to play.
We want all versions of our games to use the current suite of Epic Online Services including parental controls, purchasing defaults, and parental verification features. We are not able to update the app on these platforms given Apple and Google’s restrictions on Fortnite.
We want all versions of our games to use the current suite of Epic Online Services including parental controls, purchasing defaults, and parental verification features. We are not able to update the app on these platforms given Apple and Google’s restrictions on Fortnite. (2/2)
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) January 23, 2023
As mentioned above, Epic Games cannot implement its current online policies on players still playing the older versions of Fornite due to restrictions by Google Play Store and App Store.
This is after Epic Games allegedly violated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act as per Federal Trade Commission in December 2022. Epic Games accepted the charges and paid $520 million as a settlement. In December 2022, Epic Games also launched special Fornite accounts to restrict voice chat and In-game purchases for younger players without their parent’s consent.
Apple users who were already stuck on an older version of Fornite since 2020, this new restriction will limit their joy more. What are your thoughts about this new restriction for iOS and macOS users? Let’s discuss this in the comment section below.