Maybe you are a parent who, like many parents these days, is working from home during the covid-19 pandemic always rages. If you have pre-teen kids who love to play, they probably play Fortnite. Yesterday this teenage gamer came to ask you what’s this continue with Fortnite. And you, dear parent, you don’t know what to say to them because you haven’t played a video game since you lost your last quarter in a Mrs. Pac Man machine in 1995. We’re here to help.
What exactly happened?
Fortnite, a game that brings in billions of dollars a year, is free. He earns money through microtransactions: Players, like your tween, spend real money to buy fake money, called V-Bucks, which is used to buy stuff for their in-game character, like awesome costumes Where dance emotes stolen from black people. Every time your kid uses your real money to buy counterfeit money, Apple, a company that generates billions of dollars a year, processes that transaction and takes a 30% discount.
Tim Sweeny, CEO of Epic, the billionaire company that makes Fortnite, think it’s not fair. So, to thumb his nose at the billionaire, yesterday Epic released what I affectionately viewed as a “dongle” inside the game. This dongle allowed your child to give your money directly to Fortnite, thus removing Apple and cutting them off from the transaction. This violated Apple and Google’s rules, which state that payments must go through them. So Apple and Google launched Fortnite out of their stores.
Can my child still play Fortnite?
Right now, yes: if your child is playing Fortnite on an Apple or Android device, they can still play. FortniteRemoving the App Store and Google Play means that devices with the game already installed will still work. But that will change when a new patch comes out, especially when the game begins its new season, which is currently slated to happen on August 27. On Apple, you will not be able to download the patch because the game is not on the App Store. On Android devices, you can still download the patch through third-party marketplaces like the Galaxy store or the Epic Games app (you can download the Epic Games app directly from Epic here.) For Apple users, downloading apps through third-party services requires jailbreaking your device, which you probably don’t want to bother.
Computer and console gamers, on the other hand, are unaffected by this corporate brawl. So if your kid is playing on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, or the computer, you can tell them not to worry.
Why is this happening?
Because the writers of 2020 lost the plot, and the latest ‘we live in a capitalist hell landscape’ shenanigans are a heart-wrenching David vs. Goliath story if the two fighters were in fact just God.
Tim Sweeney explained his reasoning in more detail in a Twitter feed today.
“At the most basic level, we fight for the freedom of people who have purchased smartphones to install apps from sources they choose, the freedom for app makers to distribute them as they see fit, and the freedom of the two groups to do business directly. “
Apple says it’s bullshit. “Epic has offered apps on the App Store for a decade,” the company said. in a statement to The edge, “and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem – including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic has freely accepted the App Store Terms and Guidelines and we are pleased that ‘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 doesn’t change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the secure store for all users.
What happened with this ad?
A little after Fortniteremoval from the App Store, Epic released a parody Apple “1984”Commercial recreated with Fortnite characters. Numerous Fortnite players, and maybe even some of the people who gave birth Fortnite players, were not alive for Apple’s famous corporate propaganda publicity coup. (Hell I was not alive; I was born in 87). But the ad has become a cultural shortcut for anyone who wants to look like a brave upstart taking on a great soulless corporate giant—the message that Apple was trying to convey when they released Apple’s Macintosh in 1984, going up against IBM. The problem, however, is that Epic is not the brave upstart they claim to be (remember billions with a “B”), while Apple has become the soulless, corporate giant they once reviled each other against. And while I can respect the level of bullets it takes to use Apple’s iconic ad against them, it’s performative bullshit designed to get people to take sides in a fight where neither party has the interests of the common people at heart.
What happens next?
Epic filed legal proceedings against Apple and Google. For now, the three companies are at a stalemate over who goes back first. Can Epic stand losing millions of players when it’s time to Fortnite update? Are Apple and Google at risk of losing revenue from one of the greatest video games of all time? Who knows?
For the moment there is not much Fortnite gamers can do while Epic, Apple, and Google go head-to-head. Epic promoted a hashtag, #Fortnite Free, and encouraging gamers to use it against Apple on social media. You might want to chat with your child about human behavior on social media, as mobilizing a frothy mass of internet gamers has always worked so well before. Until then they can still play Fortnite. Your parental apocalypse is, for now, on hold.