After a wild day of unexpected updates, discounted V-Bucks, removal of app stores, short parody videos and legal action, the dust is gone – and Fortnite remains missing from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
While the takeovers are still flying now, and unlikely to stop, as the game looks set to go for the foreseeable future, we took a look at some of the community and pro feedback that was happening in real time.
Before the ban
The first reactions of the community came immediately after the part of Thursday morning, as fans were already trying to predict what the consequences of the new Epic discount would be. While there were some posters that had a good idea, one Reddit user really hit the nail on the head, daring it with the precision that Epic intended to get Apple.
App stores stop
By the time the game was actually removed from the App Store ̵1; something most people anticipated from the start – it seemed like a lot of gamers were jumping on board for memes. When it was removed from the Play Store a few hours later, even fewer people were surprised.
Short in the game
Answer no. 1 for the in-game video “Nineteen Tighty-Fortnite” in the game appeared to make gamers either wonder what it was based on, or players – completely uncompromising – explaining that it was based on a 1984 Apple Super Bowl commercial.
On the other hand, more than a few players were just mesmerized by a fight:
The other Redditors were … more creative with their response:
Pro players and content creators
While some Fortnite pros are supporting Epic, others are not happy with the demolition for mobile players. A poster at Fortnite The competing subreddit summed it up by saying, “You feel like people are missing the point when an entire device can’t be used to play the game when season 4 starts.”
Meanwhile, other professional players are irritated that Epic decided to use a promotional hashtag for its own legal purposes, but often does not respond to community hashtags related to the game, such as #removethemech from a few seasons ago.
Remember “freefortnite” when they ignored #removethemech being trending all over the world and yet for that ignore any current complaints about the game. They just want change to keep more money this is not an altruistic move
– FaZe Destiny (@DestinysJesus) August 14, 2020
Former pro-FaZe Jarvis banned from Perma took to Twitter for a little trolling:
Other epic allies
One supporter of Epic actions was not a fan at all: It was Spotify. The streaming music giant issued a statement in support of Apple’s epic takeover:
Spotify, which has had a long battle with Apple and filed an antitrust complaint of its own, weighs in on Epic v Apple. Spoiler: Spotify supports Epic. pic.twitter.com/FPNLmRNYBx
– Peter Kafka (@pkafka) 13 August 2020
Apple’s policy of receiving 30% of in-app purchases also affects Spotify, which is why Spotify allows users to sign out of iOS; the same is true for Netflix. Spotify accused Apple of anti-competitive practices in the EU just last year, and Epic publicly backed the company when the European Commission launched an investigation earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the parent company Tinder Match Group has also expressed its support for Epic. While these are the two largest companies now holding back Epic’s drastic action, it is possible that more could be merged in the future.