If haven't already heard the news, Epic Games - the company behind the battle royale juggernaut Fortnite - is taking legal action to end Apple's "anti-competitive restrictions" on mobile device marketplaces.
It all kicked off when Epic introduced a new (and more direct way to pay) on iOS and Android, bypassing both platforms' digital stores. As part of this update, Epic has also permanently reduced the price of V-Bucks and real money purchases on all systems including the Nintendo Switch:
Starting today, any V-Bucks or real-money offers you purchase on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac are now discounted by up to 20%. You don’t need to do anything!
This isn’t a sale… these are new discount prices available anytime! We’re excited to pass along these savings to you and will continue to look for additional ways to bring value to all Fortnite players.
Since this update was rolled out, Fortnite has now been removed from the App Store and also Google Play for violating the terms of service.
Epic is asking gamers to free the game using the social media hashtag #FreeFortnite, and is using a Nineteen Eighty-Four style video to spread the word - which also happens to be a parody of an old Apple Mac commercial. Take a look below:
Join the fight and stop 2020 from becoming "1984".
Epic explained the situation a little more in a separate post:
Apple has blocked Fortnite from the App Store, removing everyone’s ability to install and update the game on iOS devices, while instructing Epic to “remove the ‘Epic direct payment’ feature”. Apple is keeping prices high so they can collect 30% of your payments, and is blocking Fortnite in order to prevent Epic from passing on the savings from direct payments to you!
Although the game has been removed from Google Play, it remains available on Android according to Google:
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.
Update: Epic has reportedly taken similar legal action against Google.
Once again, the main takeaway for Switch owners is that the savings on V-Bucks or real-money offers - discounted by up to 20% - are here to stay. Will you be joining the fight to free Fornite? Tell us down below.