Fortnite is still available at Samsung’s Galaxy Store
After Epic Games tried to implement its own payment system in the Fortnite app, Apple and Google were quick to react and removed the game from their respective app stores as it violates the rules. However, Samsung’s Galaxy Store doesn’t have such restrictions so Epic Game’s Fortnite remains available for owners of Samsung Galaxy phones.
Also, Android users are still able to play the game by sideloading the 8.2GB APK from the company’s website but the in-app purchases aren’t working for now. Undoubtedly Epic Games is looking into the issue and will resolve the matter soon.
As for now, if Epic Games refuses to use either Google Play’s or Apple’s App Store payment systems, Fortnite will remain confined to third party stores.
The immensely popular online video game developed by Epic Games, Fortnite, is still up on Samsung Galaxy Store even as Google, Apple has pulled it from their respective app stores. This comes after Epic Games tried to introduce its own payment system in the Fortnite app to which Apple and Google reacted and removed the game. Both the tech giants take a 30 per cent cut from in-app revenue purchases in games, but Fortnite implemented this new in-app purchase feature and circumvented the cut.
Galaxy Store by Samsung does not have such restrictions so Fortnite is still up for owners of Samsung Galaxy phones, the media has reported.
“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result, their Fortnite app has been removed from the store,” Apple said in a statement.
Google also responded in a similar tone. “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,” Google said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Epic Games is already urging its users to use the version that is available on Samsung Galaxy Store and avail discounts on the platform.