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htxt.africast – Epic vs. Apple and Google

After technical problems, loadshedding and lockdown getting in the way, the africast is back this week with the most entertaining corporate war of the past few years, involving maybe the most popular battle royales in the word – Fortnite.

Before that, however, there’s some quick news to get through. The University of South Africa (Unisa) has once again faced a trio of delays and extensions for its second semester, the Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) finally sees some movement and ridesharing services throw a fit over the possibility of treating their drivers better.

The main topic this week is the bold step that Epic Games took by allowing players to bypass payment options on iOS and Android, which allowed cheaper prices for the consumer and more money for Epic, while violating the terms of service for both platforms.

In the fallout, the game has been removed from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

This has sparked an old debate about how much – if any – storefronts should be skimming off of the top every time they process a transaction on behalf of game developers, artists, film creators and more.

PC game platform Steam used to be the punching bag in this regard, but we can argue that its one of the best value for money platforms out there thanks to its range of features.

With Epic now suing both Apple and Google over all of this, all we can do is wait for an outcome as Fortnite players are left out in the cold.

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