- Apple has made about $ 360 million in revenue over the past three years from “Fortnite,” the online game that currently fights Apple in terms of App Store fees.
- Epic Games, the maker of “Fortnite”, sued Apple on Thursday for a 30% commission on all in-app purchases through the App Store. Earlier this week, Apple removed “Fortnite” from its app store after Epic Games tried to squeeze Apple’s commissions.
- Fortnite has been installed more than 133 million times and has reached $ 1.2 billion in worldwide spending on the App Store to date, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower. About 30% of that revenue goes to Apple.
- Meanwhile, Fortnite has been downloaded 11 million times and has generated $ 10 million in spend on the Google Play store since it first launched in April 2020. Epic Games is also involved in a similar dispute. with Google itself, also charge a 30% commission.
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Before Epic Games sued Apple for App Store fees, it was a bull for the tech giant, bringing in $ 360 million in revenue to Apple through its “Fortnite” app.
A conflict between Epic Games and Apple erupted on Thursday, when Apple removed Epic Games’ “Fortnite” from the App Store for attempting to pass Apple’s 30% commission on all in-app purchases. use. Epic Games responded by suing Apple, accusing it of anti-competitive behavior.
“Apple’s removal of Fortnite is another example of how Apple is using its enormous power to impose unreasonable restrictions and illegally maintain a 100% monopoly on the market,” Epic said. with the iOS App Payment Processing Market ”.
Epic Games also sued Google a few hours later on Thursday for enforcing the same commission on the Google Play store.
Data provided by app analytics firm Sensor Tower to Business Insider sheds light on how much money Apple and Google make from “Fortnite”, which has hundreds of millions of players globally. “Fortnite” is free to download – which has contributed to its popularity – but encourages players to spend money on in-game purchases, which incur commissions from Apple or Google.
Since its release in 2017, “Fortnite” has been installed 133.2 million times and reached $ 1.2 billion in worldwide spend on the App Store alone, according to Sensor Tower. In the past 30 days, it was installed 2.4 million times and generated $ 43.4 million in sales on the App Store. Apple has divided the 30% commission by the App Store revenue of “Fortnite”, accounting for a total of 360 million USD.
Meanwhile, “Fortnite” has been downloaded 11 million times and has generated $ 10 million in Google Play store spend since it first launched there in April 2020, according to Sensor Tower. Of that, 2 million installs and $ 3.3 million in spending arrived in the past 30 days. Google also applies a 30% commission on app revenue, meaning Google makes around $ 3 million from Fortnite.
Representatives from Google, Apple and Epic Games did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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