The discounts are also available on Android if you don't use the Google Play Store, and anyone who has purchased V-Bucks or real-money offers in the last 30 days will receive a bonus by August 17. I had figured Epic and Tim had tucked tail after listing Fortnite on the Play Store back in April, but it would seem they still have a few moves up their sleeves in order to put pressure on both Google and Apple.
By offering an alternate payment system, we're not only offering players more choice, but we're able to pass along the savings to players. By trying to bypass the 30% charge, Epic willingly and knowingly violated the App Store guidelines.
While Apple has removed Fortnite from the App Store, the game isn't banned entirely. However, Epic Games and other software developers have called out the practice as monopolistic because iOS apps can only be officially published through one place: Apple's app store.
Epic have gone as far as to say they should join the fight against apple by tagging them on social media with #FreeFortnite.
With Apple and Epic Games continuing their feud, it's unlikely that the matter will be solved any time soon.
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Spotify, which has also faced off with Apple over Apple's App Store policies and fees, today weighed in on Epic Games' fight with Apple over Fortnite's removal from the App Store. Epic Games replied to the removal of Fortnite by filing legal papers, something which Epic games made a decision to tweet on the official Fortnite account (image below).
Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem - including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. That seems to be Epic's thinking - it's nearly daring the companies to kick Fortnite out of their respective stores.
In a new update for the iOS and Android versions of Epic's battle royale juggernaut, Fortnite now has two payment options for players: Apple App Store/Google Play Store or Epic Direct Payment.
Epic is not seeking any monetary compensation for the injuries it says it has suffered, nor is it seeking favorable treatment, as Apple gives certain large companies like Amazon that complained about its practices in the past. But in the meantime, the Fortnite app remains available on the Google Play Store.
Fortnite would've have been the only app that features its own payment system. Since its release, SensorTower estimates, the game has reached 133.2 million installs and seen $1.2 billion in spending worldwide on Apple's App Store alone. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we're glad they've built such a successful business on the App Store.
Update 2, August 13 (3:00 pm ET): Apple has removed Fornite from its App Store for violating its guidelines. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.