Recently, Epic Games and Apple had a significant fallout following which Apple blocked Fortnite from its app store, thereby depriving iOS users of downloading the game. The reason for the fallout was Epic’s direct payment feature, which was introduced on Thursday. Epic had an issue with Apple charging an excessive amount of fees. All the app owners have to pay Apple about 30% of the total payments coming in from the transactions that occur within the App Store.
Now, what followed post all this fiasco was a big battle between Epic and Apple. Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple, stating that the latter ought to end its illogical restrictions imposed on app owners who have their apps on the App Store. Furthermore, Epic went on to upload a short video titled ‘Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite,’ where Epic ridiculed an age-old Apple advertisement that featured way back in 1984.
Now, it looks like Google has also removed the Android version of Fortnite from its play store. In response, Google put up the following statement justifying its act of removing the game app from its play store:
“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.”
Google wants the games to make use of the Google Play system for any purchase within the app. Although the rules imposed by Google’s play store are not as stringent as Apple’s App Store, it is quite straightforward when it comes to certain aspects. It has stated that all game developers whose apps exist on the play store need to use the Google Play billing system in the play store for payments. Like Apple, even Google ensures that it receives about 30% of the total payments from the app developers.
It is not the first time that Epic has had a tiff with Google over the rules imposed by its play store. Back in 2018, the video game developer had decided not to have Fortnite within the Google Play store as it had an issue with Google charging 30% of the payment amount. There was a similar issue with Apple’s app store too. There are no fees required to play Fortnite; however, players may require to purchase seasonal passes if they need to unlock certain stages within the game. There may also be some requirements to buy cosmetic skins of certain game characters, all of which help Epic make a lot of money.
However, this April, Fortnite was back on the Google Play Store, but not before Epic attacked Google’s indifferent behavior towards apps that did not belong to its marketplace. Unlike Apple, Google permits apps like Fortnite to be downloaded from outside the play store, where all the apps on iOS come from the App Store. However, the sideloading process is not that great where malware warnings also pop up.
When Fortnite made a comeback to the Google Play Store in April, an Epic Games spokesperson stated that “Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings. Because of this, we’ve launched Fortnite for Android on the Google Play Store.”Source
Fortnite can still be downloaded on Android, albeit, not via the Google Play Store. Players are required to visit the Epic website and download it via a QR code that is available on the site. The game can also be downloaded via the Samsung Galaxy Store on select devices that have support.