Epic games is suing Apple for removing Fortnite from the App Store

By Aimee Pearcy , written on August 13, 2020

From The Apple Desk

Epic, apparently done with Apple’s App Store shenanigans, just got Fortnite removed by implementing a new payment mechanism.

In a bid to prove that Apple is an abusive monopoly and that their stubbornness about getting 30% off everything ever is ridiculous, it looks like Epic has specifically broken the rules to whip up a media shitstorm. Earlier today, the company added its own payment scheme to the iOS version of Fortnite that bypassed Apple's IAP system and sent users to a payment screen that allowed them to use PayPal or credit card -- and it was cheaper.

“Currently, there are no savings if players use Apple and Google payment options, where Apple and Google collect an exorbitant 30 percent fee on all payments,” Epic said this morning, according to The Verge. “If Apple and Google lower their fees on payments, Epic will pass along the savings to players.”

This was totally a power move -- but not one you make without paying the consequences.

Epic was asking to be kicked out -- and now it has been. 

In response to the ban, Epic games has just announced that it has filed legal papers to sue Apple.

And to rub even more salt into the wound, Epic announced that it will premiere a short film titled Nineteen Eighty Fortnite as a parody of Apple's 1984 commercial

"Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite":

(Come on, it's hilarious).

It looks like they'd been planning this trap for a while -- they literally had the lawsuit ready and waiting -- and Apple just fell right into it. 

Your move, Apple. 

Update 14/08: Here's why Changing Apple's App Store model would suck for everyone except Epic Games.