Fortnite video gaming has become a cultural phenomenon in recent years with up to 100 million users per month logging in to play the free online game. They parachute onto an island with 99 other players and the last one standing is the winner.
But for iPhone and iPad users, the hugely popular game has been unavailable since it was kicked out of the App Store. This followed an attempt by Epic, the maker of Fortnite, to offer its own payment service to gamers, with a 20% reduction in costs if they decided to bypass Apple’s in-app purchases. Epic founder Tim Sweeney has long been critical of Apple’s requirement that the company pay 30% of its iPhone revenue as fees for selling in-game currency.
As the Guardian’s UK Tech Editor, Alex hern, tell Anushka Asthana, the feud has now landed in court, in what could be a defining moment for the app industry: if (as many analysts predict) Apple wins, it will help solidify its power in the mobile economy. But if he loses, it could drastically change what apps are available on iPhones and what users can do with them.
Excerpts from: YouTube, MSNBC, Apple, Bloomberg