Today, Epic announced Fortnite “Mega drop”, a permanent discount on V-bucks and other in-game cash purchases up to 20%. The developer was quick to point out that it was not a sale: these are new prices for the in-app currency in both the PC and console versions of the game. On mobile, however, things are a bit more complicated.
On both iOS and Android, Epic has introduced a new direct payment option. If you buy V-bucks or anything else in the game through the App Store or Google Play Store, it will be priced as it always does. But the new direct option comes with a discount; When you choose it, the game will take you to the payment screen where you can choose either credit card or PayPal. “Right now, there are no savings if players use the Apple and Google payment options, where Apple and Google charge an exorbitant 30% fee on all payments,” Epic said. “If Apple and Google reduce payment fees, Epic will transfer the savings to players.”; (You can see a list of supported countries here.)
It’s not clear exactly how Epic was able to collect these fees, but here are some more details from the company’s FAQ:
Why Epic decided to implement a payment system for internal purchases Fortnite on iOS and Android?
By offering an alternative payment system, we not only give players more choices, but are also able to transfer savings to players.
Does the new mobile payment method mean purchases there are less secure?
Is not. Thousands of apps on the App Store are approved by Apple to accept direct payments, including commonly used apps like Amazon, Grubhub, Nike SNKRS, Best Buy, DoorDash, Fandango, McDonalds, Uber, Lyft, and StubHub. We think all developers should be free in direct billing support all application. By operating Fortnite on the open platform and running the Epic Games Store, Epic successfully processed more than $ 1,600,000,000 of direct payments and used industry-trusted security and encryption measures to protect customer transactions.
Apple and Google clearly acknowledge that third-party payment services are safe and acceptable for goods and services. Direct Payments Epic only offers players the same types of payment options as these other apps.
Of course, the battle between Epic and the mobile app stores is not new. In 2018, the developer bypassed Google Play entirely at launch Fortnite on Android, before finally making concessions earlier this year.
“After 18 months of operation Fortnite on Android outside the Google Play Store, we have come to the basic awareness, ”Epic said in a April statement.“ Google puts downloadable software outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as dreadful, repetitive security pop-ups for software downloaded and updated, manufacturer and carrier’s limited deals and deals Google’s public relations service describes sources of third-party software such as malware, and new attempts like Google Play Protect to completely block software acquired outside the Google Play store. “
The company has similarly criticized Apple’s store fees, joining Spotify and Match Group, with CEO Tim Sweeney regularly speaking out about it.
Apple has gone crazy. If universities organize virtual classes through an iPhone application, Apple may require 30% of the tuition. Really, Apple doesn’t have a right to take any percentage of any company’s revenue just because it created the phone people use to access the content. Https://t.co/Pt2JlS4bvo
– Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 28, 2020
For Fortnite The new discount price goes into effect today and Epic says they will be offering bonus V-bucks to shoppers after July 14. Developer will also be giving away a new in-game item. Play – Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe – free for all active players.