Fortnite battles Apple in legal battle

Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store today. Epic Games is suing Apple back in response to blocking the game from over 1 billion devices.

Soon after the Fortnite app saw a removal on the Apple App Store, Epic Games announced on Twitter that it filed legal paperwork in response.

But why did Apple remove Fortnite from the App Store in the first place? It’s because Epic Games grew tired of the enormous percent of profits that Apple, Google, and Android forces app developers to share. Earlier today, Epic Games input its own payment system on devices through a direct payment option. This allows the company to circumvent the massive fees placed on them. It even resulted in today’s Fortnite Mega Drop, a discount on all V-Bucks purchases in the store.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney long since believed that changes are needed. Considering the number of sales the tech giants already make, he believes the cut that app developers send to Apple is far too high.

“It’s time for change,” Sweeney said to The Verge. “Apple, Google, and Android manufacturers make vast, vast profits from the sale of their devices and do not in any way justify the 30 percent cut.”

Fortnite responded in minutes with an announcement of a new animated short, Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite, on Party Royale island. Within an hour, Epic Games went live with the animation. This parody commercial pins Apple as a tyrant trying to brainwash and control everyone. Fortnite’s response even names Apple as the “App Store Monopoly”. The video ends with the start of a new movement, #FreeFortnite.

What’s truly impressive is how fast Epic Games responded to these claims. Although Fortnite is the most popular game in the world right now, the company announced, created, and published a near-minute long animation within just hours of the incident. Some fans believe Epic even expected the Fortnite ban on Apple’s App Store, which planned this movement around it.

At this point, Google and Android have yet to issue a response or remove the game from Play Store. Given that a quick lawsuit may hit Apple because of the Fortnite ban, the two companies are probably weighing their options. This is a new situation in the esports and gaming industries so fans are excited to see what the law decides.

Written by Justin Amin

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