'Fortnite' no longer on Apple's App Store after Epic Games unveils mobile direct payment option

Is there a bigger battle royale brewing between Apple and Fortnite?

The popular video game is no longer available to download via Apple’s App Store after publisher Epic Games announced Thursday a direct payment option for mobile players.

A search on the App Store by USA TODAY confirmed Fortnite is not available to download.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Apple confirmed Fortnite’s removal from the App Store for violating App Store guidelines.

“Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services,” said Apple in a statement. 

The game remains available to download on Google Play as of Thursday afternoon. Representatives from Epic Games could not be immediately reached for comment.

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