As Apple was charging a hefty developer fee, the creator of Fortnite i.e., Epic Games, implemented a change to avoid the huge Apple fees. In response to that, Apple vanished Fortnite entirely from the App Store. The game offers various in-app purchases since the beginning, but some part from the fee was deducted by the intermediaries such as Apple and Google; hence, it has changed its payment options and included in a direct payment option. This will allow the users to buy in-game currency for their Fortnite mobile app. Furthermore, a discount of 20% is also being offered to the players who pay directly to the company for getting V-bucks.
Currently, if the users choose Google and Apple payment options, a 30% fee will be collected, and the a discount of 20% won’t be offered to the user.
Apple confirms that it has removed Fortnite from the App stores because it violated their rules. Shedding some light to the background, Fortnite recently launched a feature in its mobile app that was not approved by Apple, and Fortnite deliberately violated the App Store rules. Epic has been on App Stores for almost a decade and have also enjoyed the perks.
Fortnite didn’t let the game end simply and filed a complaint against Apple. Fortnite says that removing its app from the App Store is just another way of Apple to flex its enormous power only to maintain its monopoly.