Fortnite Maker Epic Games Battles Apple Over In-Game Purchase Fees

Many video game companies make their money by selling costumes, weapons and other objects inside their games. But Epic says Apple’s 30% cut is too high.

By Shelly BrisbinAugust 20, 2020 1:05 pm,

There’s an epic battle brewing online between Epic Games – creator of the wildly popular Fortnite – and Apple, the world’s first $2 trillion company. Epic says Apple takes too big a cut of the money Epic earns from in-game purchases.

Fortnite is free to play on an iPhone or other Apple device, but Apple takes a 30% cut of any purchases players make within the game – and in most other apps bought in the App Store.

Tech expert Omar Gallaga told Texas Standard that Epic has filed suit against Apple, and is working to get other app developers to join its effort to change Apple’s policies. 

Epic had heavily discounted online purchase made on its website, encouraging players to make those purchase there, rather than through the App Store. Then, Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store, where all iPhone apps must be downloaded. After that, Epic sued Apple.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How the conflict began between Epic and Apple

– What Apple says about Epic’s stand

– Why Apple’s stance faces challenges in court

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