Google and Apple remove Fortnite from Play Store and App Store, Epic Games files lawsuit

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Fortnite owner Epic Games files lawsuit against Google and Apple for being removed from the respective app stores

Yes, you heard that right, Epic Games has filed a lawsuit in the US against Google and Apple for removing Fortnite from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. According to The Verge, Epic has filed a lawsuit against Google and claims Google’s restrictions over Play Store payments violate US antitrust laws.

Google reportedly removed Fortnite from Google Play Store just hours later Apple kicked it from its App Store. The technology giants removed the popular game from their respective stores as Epic Games launched a new direct payment system in Fortnite that allows players to directly purchase in-game purchases from Epic. In the new payment system, the company offered up to a 20% discount to purchase Fortnite’s in-game V-Bucks currency compared to purchasing the same V-Bucks via Google Play Store or Apple App store.

Looking at the launch of this new payment method Apple said “the feature was not reviewed ahead of time by Apple and that it violated the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”

A similar reason was also claimed and informed by Google in a statement sent to Android Authority “The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.”

Whereas in the lawsuit against the Google Epic Games has cited that the technology giant Google has blocked a deal between Epic Games and OnePlus. The deal allows Epic Games to preload OnePlus Smartphone with an Epic Games Store app, to skip the whole installation process via Google Play Store outside of India. The deal would also allow the popular game to run on 90FPS mode which was only enabled if the user has downloaded Fortnite via Google Play Store.

The company has also claimed that Google has forced the smartphone manufacturer OnePlus to drop out the deal with Epic Games. In the lawsuit, Epic Games has mentioned how Google encouraged OnePlus to drop the deal “Particularly concerned that the Epic Games app would have the ability to potentially install and update multiple games with a silent install bypassing the Google Play Store.”

Moreover, it was also known that according to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store policies, Epic Games had to pay a cut of 30% from its in-game purchases to the respective stores, and probably this would be the reason the company launched the new direct payment system.

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