Apple eliminated Fortnite from its App Store on Thursday after Epic carried out a brand new technique to buy V-Bucks — Fortnite’s real-money foreign money — bypassing Apple’s personal cost system. This adjustments allowed developer Epic Games take the total minimize of the revenue, when beforehand, Apple took 30 p.c.
Though Fortnite is now not downloadable by the App Store, it’s nonetheless playable. Users which have the sport downloaded on their units can nonetheless launch and play the sport. Players who beforehand downloaded Fortnite utilizing their Apple IDs can even pull the sport from the App Store by going to purchases and navigating to the “Not on this iPhone” menu. Even lapsed gamers, who haven’t up to date the sport not too long ago, can launch it to install new updates.
But it appears gamers might not be capable to replace the sport within the close to future, in keeping with some legal paperwork from Epic:
Rather than tolerate this wholesome competitors and compete on the deserves of its providing, Apple responded by eradicating Fortnite from sale on the App Store, which implies that new customers can not obtain the app, and customers who’ve already downloaded prior variations of the app from the App Store can not replace it to the newest model. This additionally implies that Fortnite gamers who downloaded their app from the App Store won’t obtain updates to Fortnite by the App Store, both mechanically or by looking the App Store for the replace.
Ok I simply purchased 2,000 v bucks utilizing the epic low cost and the common Apple price. Both nonetheless labored. Apple can nonetheless accumulate fortnite cash. pic.twitter.com/CgK6AYBbnm
— Gene Park (@GenePark) August 13, 2020
Epic Games clarified this in a followup post on Thursday, saying gamers could have no subject taking part in already downloaded content material. However, as soon as Chapter 2, Season 4 begins (roughly two weeks from now), iOS gamers might be unable to entry “any new content or the new Battle Pass.”
“Because Apple has BLOCKED your ability to update, when Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4 releases you will NOT be able to play the new Season on iOS. Make your voice heard with #FreeFortnite,” Epic mentioned within the announcement.
At the second, gamers nonetheless have the choice to both purchase V-Bucks by the iOS App Store, or use Epic’s new, cheaper direct-purchase possibility. Given the authorized battle, it’s attainable that will not be the case for lengthy.