Fortnite Adds Cheaper Payment Option, Circumventing Apple, Google Fees

Epic Games has added a new “direct payment” option to Fortnite on iPhone and Android devices, aimed at cutting out the portion of proceeds Apple and Google take via their own official stores, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Epic has long railed against Apple and Google’s 30 per cent cut, and previously launched Fortnite on Android via its own launcher to get around the issue.

“Fortnite” has more than 350 million registered players, according to closely held Epic, making it one of the most popular videogames in the world.

Originally available only on computers and later consoles, “Fortnite” surged in users after launching on Apple’s App Store in 2018. It debuted on Google’s Play store earlier this year after Epic gave up a yearslong battle with the company to get permission to include its own payment system inside “Fortnite”—which is essentially what Epic is doing now. Previously, “Fortnite” was available on Google-supported devices independent of Google Play.

Full Content: Wall Street Journal

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