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Epic suing Apple and Google after App Store, Play Store removes Fortnite

Published: 13/Aug/2020 20:20 Updated: 14/Aug/2020 8:38

by Brent Koepp

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Update (Thursday, August 13 – 5:50 PM): Epic Games has since filed another lawsuit, this time against Google following Fortnite’s removal from the Google Play app store as well.

At roughly 4PM PT, Google opted to remove Fortnite from the Google Play App store. Just hours later, Epic filed a secondary lawsuit following the original case against Apple earlier in the day. The original story is as follows.

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Epic Games lawsuit against Google.
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Epic Games’ official lawsuit against Google.

Epic Games has announced that it is suing Apple over its decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store. This comes after the devs added a direct payment option for V-Bucks, which violated the tech giant’s policies.

Early on August 13, Epic surprised players by providing them with a direct payment option in Fortnite on iOS and Android devices. Experts in the games industry speculated that the move could be in violation of Apple’s polices.

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Shortly after, the tech company responded by removing the popular battle royale from its App Store. The company then issued a lengthy statement, condemning the game’s publisher for breaking the rules set on their store.

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The popular battle royale was removed from Apple’s store on August 13.

Apple removes Fortnite from App Store

On August 13, Epic unveiled its “direct payment” option on iOS and Android devices. The move was praised by some, as it made V-Bucks cheaper for players by circumventing Apple’s 30% fees.

However not long after, reports began to claim that Fortnite was no longer showing up on the App Store, before Apple confirmed that they had taken steps to remove the battle royale.

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In a statement to publication The Verge, the tech giant explained their decision stating that it had in fact violated their guidelines.

“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. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.

Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem – including it’s tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”

Epic Games sue Apple

Following this, Epic announced that is has taken the decision to sue Apple over the removal of the game from the App Store.

“Epic Games has filed legal papers in response to Apple,” the official Fortnite account tweeted, alongside a link to the legal document.

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Anti-Apple event in Fortnite

It appears as though the company was expecting Apple to take action, as they launched an in-game event called #FreeFortnite in response to the removal.

Alongside the hashtag, they also played a video with the statement: “Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming ‘1984.”

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1984 is a reference to the book by George Orwell, which details the fictional story of a dystopian world where people have no freedom under the watchful eyes of Big Brother.

Epic Games sue Google

Shortly after all of this news broke out involving Apple, Google also removed Fortnite for Android from its own Play Store. Just hours later and Epic followed up with it’s second major lawsuit of the day, targeting Google for its removal of the mobile app.

It appears that, just like with the iOS version of the app, Epic had secretly implemented a way for users to pay for in-app microtransactions directly instead of through the mobile platforms, which generally mark up certain costs to generate revenue.

What happens now?

According to various users, those that have the battle royale already installed on their iPhones and Android devices can still play and purchase items – the game has just been removed from the App Store and Google Play.

This is reminiscent of the PT demo on PS4 in 2014, after Konami pulled it from the store following the cancellation of Silent Hills. Players that still have the playable teaser installed can still access it to this day, despite it not being available anymore.

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How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson