Epic Games wins support from Fortnite gamers, firms on Apple standoff

Related

Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers, Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines.

Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial in its video game, and soon the hashtag “freefortnite” was trending on Twitter.

Gamers with hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers took to the video-streaming platform and other social media platforms to share their thoughts on the situation and show their support.

“This is insane, we are watching actual history take place because we just don’t see this anymore,” a YouTuber with the handle “thatdenverguy”, who has more than a million subscribers, said.

“Tim Sweeney and everybody at Epic, we stand with you and thank you for standing up for something bigger than Fortnite here that helps us out.”

In a statement on Thursday, Apple said Fortnite was removed because Epic had launched the payment feature with the “express intent of violating the App Store guidelines” after having had apps in the store for a decade.

Apple and Google are already being scrutinized for their alleged abuse of market power and just last month their chief executives were grilled by lawmakers in a five-hour long congressional hearing.

Companies, including music streaming service provider Spotify Technology SA and owner of Hinge and other dating apps Match Group Inc, have long complained about Apple’s App Store policies.

Both issued statements supporting Epic, with Match accusing Apple of using its “unfair policies to hurt consumers, app developers and entrepreneurs.”

Launched in 2017, Fortnite has amassed a huge following among young gamers and its popularity has pushed the valuation of its publisher, Epic Games, to over $17 billion in a funding round earlier this year. The free-to-play battle-royal videogame competes with Tencent Holdings’ “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”.

In both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, “Fortnite” had about 2 million downloads in July 2020, according to mobile analytics firm SensorTower. But Apple users spent about $34 million, while Android users spent only $2 million, according to its data.

(Reporting by Neha Malara and Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

- Advertisement -
SourceReuters

Add your comment(s)

 

Latest

U.S. Justice Department indicts six with conspiracy to pay bribes to Amazon employees

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday six people have been indicted by a grand jury in Washington state with conspiring to...

Biden says Ginsburg’s replacement should be chosen by election victor

NEW CASTLE, Del. - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Friday that "there is no doubt" that the next U.S. Supreme Court justice...

Trump’s list of potential RBG successors

WASHINGTON - The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday will enable U.S. President Donald Trump to nominate a third jurist to the...

How Trump could replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, even before election

Although the Nov. 3 presidential election is fast approaching, the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a vacancy that Republican...

Two killed, 14 injured in shooting in Rochester, New York

Two people were killed and 14 others wounded in a shooting in Rochester, New York, police said on Saturday. The shooting appeared to start at...

Trending