Aug 14, 2020 Games
Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world, and is available to download for all Android devices now as well. However, the game developers haven’t had a decent history with the app stores on both Android and iOS platforms. Fortnite basically just doesn’t want to comply with the policy of these stores charging a 30% cut from the in-app purchases of the game. This was also the reason why Fortnite has been beefing with Google Play Store, as it just didn’t want to give up any of its revenue to Google - but then after some settlements, they brought their app to the store again.
However, Fortnite with a recent update added the ability to get all of the in-app purchases made by users to the company - instead of offering any app store any sort of cut from. That was considered to be it by Apple and now Google as well, as they both have kicked the popular battle royale game off of their platforms.
Google not so far after that released this statement:
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.
This bad blood between the two heavyweight companies may also mean that Google Play Store’s monopoly might suffer - as Epic Games suggests users to directly download their mobile game from their website. Moreover, the constant growth of the Samsung Store might also worry Google, as major developers are preferring it over Google due to the lack of any such policies that requires the app to give a sizable chunk of their in-app revenues to the store. Since Google allows apps to be downloaded from third party sources, this has been made a serious possibility. Epic Games allows users to get 20% off from the Fortnite store if they download the game from either their website or from Samsung’s App Store. And now, Microsoft’s new cloud gaming service xCloud will only allow users to download DLCs for games only if their Xbox Game Pass app is from the Samsung Store since it allows them to get in-app purchases, whereas Google Play Store takes a massive chunk out from it.
It will be interesting to see how this story further develops, and if just the protest of Epic Games would bring a massive change in sides on the Android platform, or will Google be able to retain its throne.