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Epic is suing Google for removing Fortnite from the Google Play Store

Just hours after Apple pulled the most popular battle royale game Fortnite from its iOS App Store, Google has done a similar thing. Epic Game has now also removed the Android version of Fortnite from the Google Play Store.

The removal of the most popular game Fortnite comes on the same day Epic Games launched a brand new direct payment system inside Fortnite. It offered up to a 20% discount to get Fortnite’s in-game V-Bucks currency compared to buying an equivalent V-Bucks via Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Apple quickly removed the most popular game Fortnite from its app store today. during a statement, the corporate said the feature wasn’t reviewed ahead of time by Apple which it violated “the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to each developer who sells digital goods or services.”

direct payment system inside Fortnite

The statement comes from Google Play reasons for removing Fortnite

source – Android Authority

The open Android ecosystem lets all developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who prefer to use the Play Store, we’ve consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the shop safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we will not make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the chance to continue our discussions with Epic and convey Fortnite back to Google Play. 

Epic has already announced it’s taking law action against Apple for removing Fortnite from the iOS App Store.

Epic Games was first launched Fortnite for Android in April 2018 outside the Google Play Store. after April 2020, the developers 

decided to deliver the Fortnite game through Google Play, concluding that Google “puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage” for various reasons.

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Android smartphone and tablet owners can still legally download and install the Fortnite game. This will be done via a web browser install, and Samsung device owners can download the Fortnite via its own Galaxy Store app

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