Wow! Epic Games’ gigantic free-to-play battle royale, Fortnite, has been pulled from the Apple App Store due to violating its policies. The broken policy Apple saw was Epic implementing a payment processing system in the app that allowed Epic to bypass the standard 30 percent cut Apple is entitled to per their terms of service.
According to The Verge, which got a statement from Apple, the company’s going to make efforts to work with Epic Games to resolve the issue. However, it will draw the line there and not allow their terms be broken or make a special exception for that singular developer.
Was Fortnite’s Violation Intentional?
It’s clear Epic knew what it was doing at least subconsciously with Fortnite as direct payments through the in-app purchase directly affects the price of V-Bucks, the premium in-game currency. What is normally $10 was lowered to $7.99 if bought through the in-app payment processing.
Tim Sweeney, Epic’s CEO, has a seasoned history of complaining about the 30 percent cut app stores take from developers, calling it unnecessary. He also criticized Apple directly for confirming earlier this month that the likes of XCloud and Stadia would never be found on the App Store, because it wouldn’t be able to review every single game offered.
Right now, Fortnite isn’t available on the Apple App Store and there’s no time frame as to when or if it’ll ever come back. It remains on all other platforms so far. What do you think of the new Fortnite development on the Apple App store? Let us know in the comment section below or we can talk in-depth on our social media.