Fortnite, removed from Google and Apple app stores #FreeFortnite

Google and Apple announced that they are removing the famous Fortnite game from the Play Store and the App Store respectively after Epic Games, the company that developed the video game, allowed users to make purchases directly from the game app, which helps it avoid the 30% tax imposed by Google and Apple.

Epic Games released an update where Fortnite players could make purchases directly from the game app. If these purchases had passed through the Google apps and Apple the developer would have to pay a commission of up to 30%.

Epic has taken legal action to end Apple’s anti-competitive restrictions on mobile device marketplaces. The papers are available here.

After the release of this update, Epic Games offered users discounts of up to 20% for purchases they made in the application.

“The open Android ecosystem allows developers to 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.

Although Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available in Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play,” a Google spokesperson said.

Fortnite is also available to download on Android directly through its own Epic website.

The company also released a video parodying Apple shortly after the company decided to remove Fortnite from AppStore.

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Fortnite is played by 350 million people

Epic announced that Fortnite now has 350 million players, a new confirmation that battle rearers are already among the most popular games of all time.

Launched in 2017, Fortnite is still growing, attracting new and new ad. It is true that the success of recent months has also contributed to social isolation measures, which keep the little ones and not only at home.

Fortnite now has, according to official data provided by Epic, 350 million registered users.

It’s a massive increase amid the pandemic, which has brought in 100 million new users in about two months. At the previous announcement in March, Fortnite had 250 million players.

Epic doesn’t say how many of the registered users are active daily or even monthly. Instead, he says last month the cumulative game time was 3.2 billion hours.

The game manufacturer tries to make Fortnite a kind of virtual universe in which people play, but also socialize. Beyond the main activities, the building and the shot, the game has lately acquired capabilities that go beyond the horizon of a simple battle royale.

Epic has created an area he calls party royale, an island where players can relax and talk to each other, taking a break from the main activities of the game.

Two concerts have already been held, which could only be watched in the game, and a music festival will be held on Friday, attended by several artists.