Fortnite gamers who regularly play this title on their Apple iPhones could miss out on future updates and new gameplay features. That’s because Apple has just removed the hugely popular app from its App Store due to a row over in-app purchases.
Fortnite has just implemented its own system of taking money from fans for extras, such as skins and Battle Passes, within the game – bypassing Apple’s usual 30 percent cut.
That means Fortnite is now breaking the rules of the App Store which is why it’s been banned.
Although this block won’t affect those who have already downloaded the game it will mean that updates and new features will no longer be available.
That’s because all upgrades come via the App Store and with the game no longer featuring on this platform there’s no way of getting any new features onto the iPhone.
It’s worth noting that this ban also affects Android users but gamers who play on consoles, PCs and even Mac computers are unaffected.
In a statement, Apple said “Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”
And, speaking to The Verge, a Google spokesperson added: “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. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.”