Well that escalated quickly. Since Epic's effort to circumvent mobile platform
fees reported this morning
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
, using the message from Apple's legendary 1984 commercial
The Washington Post
has details on the legal action:
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
Epic is also suing Google.