Today was a very reckless and horrific day for Epic Games and Fortnite users. In an update rolled by Epic Games in Fortnite. Players were now able to pay directly when buying V-Bucks. This was not according to the agreement they had with Google and Apple, which includes a 30% cut on all sorts of transactions.
Well, I think Epic Games saw it coming. Apple decided to ban its app and completely removed it from the iOS Store. Afterward, Epic Games and Fortnite tweeted a video of the 1984 Apple Macintosh Ad, which they replicated with their own purpose. Along with that, they also filed a lawsuit against Apple seeking vengeance to their monopoly.
Well, this update by Epic Games did not only violate iOS policies. But it also violated Google Policies. Thus, the Fortnite app was also removed from PlayStore. Once again, Epic Games filed a lawsuit, and this time it was against Google. In iOS Case, the app is completely removed but those who already downloaded the game can play it. On the other hand, Google still shows the App on PlayStore, but no more updates for them.
The Lawsuit file is available, and Epic Games clearly indicates they are not in for any settlements or money. They also discussed Apple’s 1984 revolution and compared it to this day problems.
“cast Apple as a beneficial, revolutionary force breaking IBM’s monopoly over the computing technology market.” Now, however, “Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation.”
“Epic brings this suit to end Apple’s unfair and anti-competitive actions that Apple undertakes to unlawfully maintain its monopoly in two distinct, multibillion dollar markets:(i) the iOS App Distribution Market, and (ii)the iOS In-App Payment Processing Market,” Via Lawsuit
“Epic is not seeking monetary compensation from this Court for the injuries it has suffered. Nor is Epic seeking favorable treatment for itself, a single company. Instead, Epic is seeking injunctive relief to allow fair competition in these two key markets that directly affect hundreds of millions of consumers and tens of thousands, if not more, of third-party app developers.”
“Rather than tolerate this healthy competition and compete on the merits of its offering, Apple responded by removing Fortnite from sale on the App Store, which means that new users cannot download the app, and users who have already downloaded prior versions of the app from the App Store cannot update it to the latest version,” says the lawsuit
Anyway, Epic Games went full-fledge against Apple. But it is quite weird how Google is also involved in all of this. We previously saw Microsoft and Facebook speaking against Apple and its strict ecosystem. The two companies described that Apple was forcing people into their own ecosystem and wasn’t allowing competitors on their platform. If you think Epic Games is right, then make sure you start following their #freefortnite campaign on twitter and support the movement.