It's official: Fortnite is out of the Play Store! Epic Games continues to back up lawsuits with app store owners. After Apple declares that Fortnite won't be back in your store anytime soon, it's Google's turn to be against Epic for breach of contract. The situation is exactly the same: Epic has put its own shopping store into its game and has left Google out of payments made by players.
At the game's launch, Epic signed contracts with Google and Apple, pledging to use standard payment systems for in-app purchases, but as part of its push for more open payment systems (and to avoid the fee of 30% of the value of purchases that went to platforms), Epic included in its updates of the Fortnite apps for Android and iOS a system that changed the payment processing of in-app purchases from platforms straight to the Epic store. Google and Apple claim that this action was a violation of their app store contracts made by Epic.
Why is Fortnite out of the Play Store?
Apple sued and its lawsuit decision came last month and forced Epic to pay $3,65 million in damages, covering Apple's allegedly lost revenue from the three months the games had their stand-alone payment systems. And now, after that decision, Google wants the money supposedly lost as well and is suing Epic, expecting a similar decision.
In the process that is seeking the restitution of your lost earnings and damages, Google says:
"Epic intentionally violated the DDA [Developer Distribution Agreement] by submitting a version of Fortnite for publication to Google Play with a different payment method than Google Play billing for in-app content purchases. In doing so, Epic denied Google its service fee under the DDA for any purchases made through the app outside of Google Play Billing.
Users who downloaded the incompatible version of Fortnite prior to its removal from Google Play can still use Epic's hotfixed external payment mechanism to make in-app purchases – allowing Epic to avoid its contractually agreed service fee to Google for those purchases. purchases. A Epic was, alternatively, unfairly enriched at the expense of Google"
However, in the Google lawsuit, the company strives to make the difference between the Android and iOS system cases very clear, saying that:
"AUnlike competitors such as Apple, Google does not require Android users or developers to use Google Play to download, install or distribute apps on Android and that most Android phones come with multiple app stores pre-installed.
Cconsumers and developers don't need to use Google Play; they choose to use it when they can choose between Android app stores and distribution channels”.
What is a very clear message to Epic that "not like the Play Store rules, you're free to go elsewhere." Now, there's no information from Epic about the case, but for gamers, bad news: The game is now off Google Play and searching for “Fortnite” you'll find a lot of content like game guides and parallel apps, but the game itself, can no longer be downloaded there.
Fortnite is a Battle Royale style game, developed by Epic Games and you can download it from official website, which can be played for free on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Android phones. A success among games of its kind, and still appearing on the lists of most played online games today, the title receives updates with new content regularly.
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