Epic Games today has announced a new direct payment solution update for the Fortnite mobile game, which offers the same payment solution used for PC, Mac, and Android. However, now the game from the iOS Store and Google Play Store have direct payments. This will allow the players to pay Epic directly instead of Apple/Google Store’s official system for an in-app purchase. This one is a direct violation of App Store policies and is pretty well known.
Under Apple’s and Google’s regulations, all the payments must be processed through respective stores. Any transaction that goes through the Apple/Play Store requires apps and games to offer a 30 percent fee, and violating it breaks the rules. This is the reason Fortnite has been kicked out by both Apple and Google from their respective Stores.
Apple in a statement to The Verge mentioned,
“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. 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.
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. 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. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”
On the other hand, Google said that the game will remain available for download on Android through Epic’s official website and will negotiate with Epic to bring the game back to the Play Store.
In the meanwhile, Epic Games has first sued Apple and then Google for their App Stores policies. Epic Games has written a commentary on the popular Apple ad in 1984. For Google, Studio argued that Google’s policy is detrimental to both developers and consumers as it allows the search giant to act as a “mandatory middleman in every in-app transaction.”
Previously, Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, has criticized Apple and Google for what he described as their respective store’s monopolistic and anti-competitive policies.