Epic vs. Apple and Google – What the Hell Is Going On? - EarlyGame

Published by EARLYGAME.COM

Summary generated on August 14, 2020

    Since yesterday, everyone can save up to 20% when buying V-Bucks or digital items through Epic Games' new payment portal.

    In Fortnite's in-game store on Android, you suddenly see a new option where you can choose to buy something from the Google Play Store or the new Epic direct payment option that leads to Epic's website.

    Through Epic's payment gateway, you can then pay with a credit card or PayPal account.

    Epic is in violation of both Google and Apple's stated policies.

    Apparently Epic is still strongly resisting the 30% commission Apple and Google receive on in-game purchases.

    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.

    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.

    The Epic payment option should also be secure, but unfortunately, Apple does not benefit from this.

    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.

    We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.

    In the meantime, Epic Games has gone on the offensive to put Apple in the worst possible light.

    We welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.The Struggle Will Continue.

    Epic Games has not yet publicly commented on Google's statement but has reportedly filed a lawsuit against them as well.

    Today, Apple said Epic is seeking a special deal, but that's not true.