Apple Incorporated is a Cupertino based Tech giant that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics. They are currently valued at $1.5 trillion which is less than just 14 countries’ GDP. Their hardware products include the iPhone. iPad, Mac, and iPod with AirPods joining the list last year and also has a dedicated lineup of software that includes iOS, iPadOS, macOS, WatchOS, and tvOS.
Epic Games Inc. is also from America based in Cary, North Carolina. They are known for their video games, software development, and publishing them through different platforms. They also hold a Guinness world record for “The most successful videogame engine” – Unreal Engine which powers their most famous Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Infinity Blade, etc.
Apple kicked off Fortnite
Yesterday, after finding out a violation caused by Fortnite developers Epic Games. The decision to remove Fortnite off the App Store came just after Epic discount started on the in-game store. Apple clearly mentioned in a statement that Epic Games have violated their laws of not providing a 30% fee to them.
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This debate is bigger than just a 30 percent cut. The Cupertino giant is facing criticism these days for how it not only manages the App Store and its mandatory fees but also how it enforces certain guidelines that some developers and critics find inappropriate and in fact, it is designed to benefit its rivals.
Epic Games’ #FreeFortnite
After getting removed from the app store Epic filed an antitrust lawsuit seeking to establish App Store as a monopoly and also posted a video with the hashtag #FreeFortnite which aired on youtube and Fortnite.
Google also removed Fortnite!?
Hours later the iPhone manufacturers removed Fortnite, Google followed the lead as Epic has also violated their guidelines. A spokesperson from Google has said,
For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.