FORTNITE was banned by Apple and Google Play on Thursday after using an unapproved payment mechanism in their game.Fortnite is one of the most popular games on the internetCredit: Alamy
Here is more on the ban.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games.
There are three versions of Fortnite - Fortnite: Save the World, Fortnite Battle Royale, and Fortnite Creative.
Fortnite Battle Royale is the most popular of all versions, gathering roughly 125 million players in less than a year.
Fortnite: Save the World was released in 2017 and the idea behind it is to let players create their own worlds and battlefields.Players can play on the computer or their iPhonesCredit: Alamy
The player’s main objective is to prevent a storm from hitting Earth after one had already struck the planet.
Players have to save survivors and collect resources to prevent another storm from coming.
Fortnite Battle Royale is a player-versus-player game for up to 100 players where they airdrop from a "Battle Bus" that crosses the game's map.
Once they land, players must scavenge the territory for weapons, items, resources, and even vehicles while trying to stay alive and to attack and eliminate other players.Fortnite worlds
Fortnite Creative is similar to Minecraft and players are able to create their own island and mini-games within the game itself.
Was Fortnite removed from the Apple store?
Yes, the game was removed and it is unclear when it will return.
Where can I play Fortnite?
Why was it banned?
The removal came due to an update that let players buy in-game currency at a reduced rate if they bought direct from Epic Games’ website as opposed from the App store.
Apple takes a standard 30 percent cut of sales from its compulsory payment system.
Apple said Epic had taken the "unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines."Apple banned the game due to an unauthorized payment systemCredit: Getty - Contributor
Epic mentioned that anyone with the game downloaded on their iPhone will still be available to play until the next update is released, which will delete certain features.
Have Epic Games sued Apple?
In its court filing, Epic added that it was not seeking financial compensation.
"Epic is seeking injunctive relief to allow fair competition in these two key markets that directly affect hundreds of millions of consumers and tens of thousands, if not more, of third-party app developers," it said.
Epic’s legal complaint also fires shots at Apple stating: "Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation."
Google Play followed Apple’s footsteps and also removed the game from its App store.Google Play banned the game as wellCredit: Alamy
Epic has yet to file a lawsuit against Google Play.
Google released a statement to The Verge saying:
“The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores.
“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.It is unclear when the game will return to the app storesCredit: AFP or licensors
“However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play,” the statement concluded.
What are fans saying on Twitter?
Epic also attacked Apple on social media, launching a campaign with the hashtag #FreeFortnite.
Fans are outraged that the game has been banned with one user tweeting: “I'm bouta call out @Fortnite to a boxing match.”
Another user said: “I wanna Tweet free fortnite, but @FortniteGame can’t expect us to help them when they won’t help us.”Fans are upset the game is goneCredit: Epic Games
Has Fortnite been removed by Google before?
Fortnite was previously removed by Google due to a similar issue.
Fortnite was asking gamers the first time around to sideload the app via an installer downloaded from the Fortnite website.
Google and Fortnite eventually settled and the game was restored in the App store.
Is there a new Fortnite coming out?
A supposed new Fortnite map was leaked featuring a special Aquaman world.
According to an image of the updated map obtained by trusted Fortnite leaker VollMitBox, several areas that were flooded will soon return.A new download was released in June
They allegedly include Slurpy Swamp, Weeping Woods, Risky Reels, Craggy Cliffs, and Dirty Docks. The update is expected in the coming weeks.
The leaked area also includes a new section to the northwest of the map called The Ruins.Leaked version of a new map were posted on the internetCredit: Getty - Contributor