It looks like we’re about to see a pretty high-brow legal battle, with Epic Games filing legal papers against Apple after their decision to remove Fortnite from the Apple App store.
Choosing to remove the game after a change in the way Fortnite distributes and sells V-Bucks, Epic has clapped back at the company, describing it as an aggressive “behelmoth seeking to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation”.
Kind of ironic that Epic is considering in-app microtransactions an “innovation”, but there you go…
Epic has also butted heads with Google in the past due to the company’s policy on in-app microtransactions, instead urging players to get the game from the Samsung store, if possible.
Epic has even clapped back with a video drawing parallels between Apple and George Orwell’s 1984, which speaks about a dystopian future where people are controlled and watched by “Big Brother”.
Apple and Google aren’t blocking the game based on moral reasons, however, with both companies actually having issues with the game due to the fact it seeks to circumvent the 30% cut owed to Apple and Google on each microtransaction.
Either way, we’ll have to wait and see what happens over the coming weeks.