Epic Sues Apple

Well that escalated quickly. Since Epic's effort to circumvent mobile platform fees reported this morning, Fortnite has been kicked off of both Apple's and Google's stores. As a result, Epic is suing Apple, accusing them of monopolistic practices. Epic has also released a new video called Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite, using the message from Apple's legendary 1984 commercial against them. The Washington Post has details on the legal action:
“Apple’s removal of Fortnite is yet another example of Apple flexing its enormous power in order to impose unreasonable restraints and unlawfully maintain its 100 percent monopoly over the iOS In-App Payment Processing Market,” the filing reads.

Apple spokesperson Fred Sainz said the company removed Fortnite from the store after Epic violated its guidelines.

“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,” he said in an emailed statement.

Google had removed Fortnite from its Play Store as of late Thursday. Android users can still download Fortnite directly from Epic’s website.

Update: Epic is also suing Google.