FORTNITE Has Been Removed From Apple App Store and Google Play; Epic Games Sues Both Tech Giants
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: Video Game Industry
In a truly surprising turn of events, Apple and Google have removed the mobile version of Fortnite from their digital distribution services following Epic Games' attempt at avoiding the 30% tax on in-app purchases.
In response to Apple and Google's controversial decision, Epic has filed a lawsuit against the tech giants, asking both companies to cease their unfair and anti-competitive actions and allow all mobile users to download apps from any source other than said storefronts created and controlled by Apple and Google.
"In 1984, the fledgling Apple computer company released the Macintosh—the first mass-market, consumer-friendly home computer," the complaint reads. "The product launch was announced with a breathtaking advertisement evoking George Orwell’s 1984 that cast Apple as a [...] revolutionary force breaking IBM’s monopoly over the computing technology market. Apple’s founder Steve Jobs introduced the first showing of the 1984 advertisement by explaining, “it appears IBM wants it all. Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money . . . . Will Big Blue dominate the entire computer industry? The entire information age? Was George Orwell right about 1984?”
"Fast forward to 2020, and Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation," Epic Games added. "Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched, and more pernicious than the monopolists of yesteryear. At a market cap of nearly $2 trillion, Apple’s size and reach far exceeds that of any technology monopolist in history."
To make its unexpected campaign against Google and Apple as loud as possible, Epic Games has released a brand-new trailer for Fortnite — Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite — poking fun at Apple and their anti-consumer practices (?) (and also "paying homage" to the aforementioned TV ad that basically put it on the map).
Fortunately for mobile players, those who have already downloaded Fortnite should be able to play its latest version — 13.40 Update — without any issues. While we're patiently waiting for Epic, Apple and Google's next moves, take a closer look at the trailer promoting the developer's #FreeFortnite initiative down below:
Epic Games has filed legal papers in response to Apple, read more here: https://t.co/c4sgvxQUvb— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 13, 2020