O Google blocked on Thursday night (13) the distribution of Fortnite through the Play Store. The battle royale had previously been suspended on the App Store after violating Apple’s guidelines. Those responsible for Android and iOS fight a battle against Epic Games, which tries to circumvent the fee charged by app stores for in-game purchases.
The fight started when Epic Games launched a new payment method within Fortnite: it would be possible to purchase game content directly from the developer, without going through the traditional method of in-app purchases from Google and Apple. With the novelty, users could buy V-Bucks, the game’s currency, with discounts of up to 20% on a permanent basis.
Of course, Google Play and the App Store didn’t like the idea at all, as stores earn a 30% commission for any purchase made within apps. Apple, for not offering alternatives to download apps on iOS, is in the crosshairs of other technology companies and tries to prove to the market that its fees are not anti-competitive.
Fortnite for Android can still be downloaded
In communication, Google confirms the banning of the game in the main Android app store: “Although Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on the Play Store because it violates our policies. However, we leave open the possibility of continuing our discussions with Epic and bringing Fortnite back to Google Play. ”
Google points out that Fortnite it can still be downloaded by other means. “Android’s open ecosystem allows developers to 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, ”says the company.
Fortnite for Android continues to be distributed through the official site, which allows you to download the game APK to install it manually. Epic Games also encourages downloading the game through the Samsung Galaxy Store.