Apple Fortnite players left behind in new update
People playing Fortnite on Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad must be banned from the latest game update.
Following the weeks growing quarrel between the two companies, which led to Fortnite being withdrawn from Apple’s App Store.
Mac computers, not using the App Store, are now also affected.
Fortnite updates often make radical changes to the game, and Thursday introduces a partnership with Marvel Comics superheroes, among other things.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney blamed Apple’s plan to withdraw access to developer tools on August 28, the day after the new season begins.
“If they do, we won’t be able to update Fortnite on the Mac.”
And removing its compatibility could have hurt companies not involved in the dispute.
“But their dispute shouldn’t wreak havoc on bystanders
However, it allowed Apple to withdraw those kinds of permissions for Epic games, such as Fortnite, saying the company had “strategically chosen to violate its agreements with Apple.”
The quarrel began when Epic released an update for Fortnite that allowed players to purchase the in-game currency, V Bucks, directly from Epic instead of using Apple’s payment system.
Apple takes a 30% cut from those payments, amounting to millions of dollars from Fortnite.
And it is the only payment system allowed on apps available through the official app store.
But Apple rejects allegations that it operates any kind of monopoly.
He says Epic has deliberately violated guidelines “which apply equally to all developers and are designed to keep the store safe for our users.”
Epic is also stuck in a similar stalemate with Google, on Android phones.
But Android allows the installation of apps outside the Google Play app store.
And the Fortnite update is available this way.