It is now impossible to download Fortnite on iPhone or the Google Play app store, although there is a workaround to get the game on Android.
Epic Games, makers of Fortnite, has waged war against two of the biggest companies in the world and that means that it is currently impossible to download or update Fortnite from either official app store.
The strange thing is that the whole business seems to be a carefully orchestrated attack by Epic, who knew Apple would throw them off the App Store as soon as they offered an alternative way to buy V-Bucks, the in-game currency of Fortnite.
The second Apple did that Epic Games issued a lawsuit, and even had a Nineteen Eighty-Four parody ready to try and emphasise their point. That was aimed primarily at Apple but now Google has done the same thing and Epic is going to sue them as well.
The lawsuit against Google uses the same basic logic as the one aimed at Apple, and once again does not ask for money but attempts to break the monopoly that Epic claims Google has on selling apps and in-app purchases.
Although Google’s rules are in general a little laxer than Apple’s they’re still harshest when it comes to video games, insisting, just like Apple, that they get a 30% cut of any in-app purchase for a game on Google Play. However, unlike Apple, they do allow for third party app stores.
How to download Fortnite on an Android phone
One workaround that doesn’t exist for Apple is that while you can’t download Fortnite from the standard Google Play store you can still access it from the Epic Games Store or the Samsung Galaxy Store, if you have a Samsung device.
Epic has already pulled Fortnite from the Google Play store once before, over a similar argument about revenues, and complained that the scary security messages that pop-up when you access a different store put people off.
Nevertheless, they’re offering the permanent 20% discount on Fortnite V-Bucks, that kicked off this whole crisis, on both their store and Samsung’s.
‘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’, said Google in a statement.
‘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.’
Considering the two lawsuits though there doesn’t seem like there’ll be any amicable solution to the problem, with Epic Games showing no sign of compromise.
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