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

Saturday, August 15, 2020

“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.”

Google declined to comment, while Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

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.

Developers have long criticized Apple’s commissions of between 15% and 30% on many App Store purchases, its prohibitions on courting customers for outside signs-ups, and what some developers see as an opaque and unpredictable app-vetting process.