Epic announced that today Fourteen days “Mega Drop”, a permanent discount on V-Dollars and other cash purchases of up to 20 percent. The developer is quick to point out that this is not a sale: these are new prices for in-app currency in both the PC and console versions of the game. On the phone, however, things are a little more complicated.
Epic has introduced a new direct payment option on both iOS and Android. If you buy V-Bucks or anything else in the game through the App Store or the Google Play Store, it costs as always. However, the new direct option comes with a discount. When you select it, the game will take you to a payment screen where you can select either a credit card or PayPal. “Right now there are no savings when players use Apple and Google̵
It’s not clear how Epic can bypass these fees, but here are some details from the company’s FAQ:
Why did Epic decide to implement its payment system for purchases inside? Fourteen days on iOS and Android?
By offering an alternative payment system, we not only offer players more choice, but can also pass the savings on to players.
Does a new payment method for cell phones mean that purchases there are less secure?
No. Thousands of apps on the App Store approved by Apple accept direct payments, including popular apps like Amazon, Grubhub, Nike SNKRS, Best Buy, DoorDash, Fandango, McDonalds, Uber, Lyft, and StubHub. We believe that all developers should be free to support direct payments in everything Apps. By operating Fortnite on open platforms and operating the Epic Games Store, Epic has successfully processed over $ 1,600,000,000 in direct payments and uses industry-trusted encryption and security measures to protect customer transactions.
Apple and Google clearly recognize that third party payment services for goods and services are safe and acceptable. Epic Direct Payment simply gives players the same payment options as these other apps.
Of course, the battle between Epic and mobile app stores isn’t new. In 2018, the developer completely ignored Google Play at launch Fourteen days on Android before it finally gives way earlier this year.
“After 18 months of operation Fourteen days On Android outside of the Google Play Store, we came to a fundamental insight, ”Epic said in a statement in April. “Google penalizes software that can be downloaded outside of Google Play through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security popups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and operator agreements and businesses, and Google’s publicity in software sources third-party malware and new efforts like Google Play Protect to completely block software obtained outside of the Google Play Store. “
Similarly, the company criticized Apple’s store fees and joined companies like Spotify and Match Group. CEO Tim Sweeney spoke about it a lot.
Apple went crazy. If colleges run virtual courses through an iPhone app, Apple could charge 30% of tuition fees. Apple really has no right to take a percentage of a company’s sales just because they tricked the phone users into accessing the content. Http://t.co/Pt2JlS4bvo
– Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 28, 2020
As for F.ortnite Players wanting the new discounted rates are in effect today, and Epic says it will offer bonus V-Dollars to those who made purchases after July 14th. The developer is also giving all active players a new in-game item – the Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe – for free.