This was prompted by a dispute which began earlier today (August 13) when Epic Games introduced “Epic direct payment”, allowing players to purchase Fortnite’s in-game currency – V-bucks – from Epic’s own store, rather than Apple.
Epic also offered a 20 per cent discount as an incentive to circumvent the App Store’s service charge. Details of the lawsuit have since been publicly shared.
From the legal filing, Epic Games reasoned that “rather than tolerate this healthy competition […] Apple have responded by removing Fortnite from sale on the App Store, which means that new users cannot download the app, and users who have already downloaded prior versions of the app from the App Store cannot update it to the latest version.”
Additionally, the document mentions that players who downloaded their app from the App Store will not be able to “receive updates to Fortnite through the App Store, either automatically or by searching the App Store for the update”.
Epic Games has since also released a short film in response to the aforementioned events. The minute-long short, title Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite riffed off a classic 1984 Apple Macintosh advert, and conveyed the following message: “Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight and stop 2020 from becoming ‘1984’.”
You can see the company’s full video below:
The video was released shortly after Apple made the decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store, suggesting that Epic Games was prepared to be pushed back on Epic direct payment. Since its release, the video has not only aired in-game, but also as a looped live stream on the game’s social media channels.
Google, which also has a service charge on apps featured on its Play Store, has since also removed Fortnite.
In other Fortnite news, the game recently added a slew of new features in its Joy Ride update, including drivable cars. A pick-up truck, big-rig, sedan and more, can now be found in-game.