"Tim Sweeney and everybody at Epic, we stand with you, and thank you for standing up for something bigger than Fortnite here that helps us out". On PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, and PC, V-Bucks and real-money offers are automatically discounted by 20% - meaning 1,000 V-Bucks now cost $7.99, down from $9.99. The bans have in turn allowed Epic Games to sue both companies for potential antitrust violations, but we're also learning more about what Google has apparently done to hurt Epic Games. Its developer, Epic Games, said in a blog post on Thursday it was introducing Epic Direct payments, a direct payment plan for Apple's iOS and Google Play.
Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services. While the legal efforts might be a challenge, Epic Games wields major influence over the 350 million users of Fortnite, and gamers have proven particularly apt at launching campaigns against companies and coming out on top.
"A Google spokesperson emphasized to The Verge that Android is an open ecosystem that allows multiple stores and that Google Play's policies need to apply equally to all developers". Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched, and more pernicious than the monopolists of yesteryear.
Fortnite uses a launcher application called "Epic Games" to keep the game updated, when Fortnite is installed from the Galaxy Store or Epic's own website. It said Apple had declined a request to waive the fees for the social network's new online events product, framing the decision as a refusal to assist small businesses.
This move is against both Apple's and Google's policies as they earn 30% of all sales on in-app purchases, and led to the banning Fortnite from both app stores.
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Commerce Department said it has pushed back the prohibition on app stores providing access to TikTok until next Sunday, Sept. 27. The Justice Department also argued that WeChat users could switch to other apps or platforms.
It has also filed a complaint against Apple in the US District Court. Epic Games isn't fighting for a principle; it is fighting for money.
Experts from the video game industry are applauding Epic on taking up the fight with tech giant Apple.
"For years, they have given us their songs, their labor, their dreams".
"In the parody, which quickly garnered hundreds of thousands of views, a female Fortnite fighter hurls a unicorn-shaped club to smash a screen on which an Apple-headed character speaks of 'the anniversary of the platform unification directives, '" they write. This has been a subject of many high-profile feuds between developers and Apple.
"Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly".