After a wild day of surprising updates, discounted V-Bucks, app store removals, parody video shorts, and legal action, the mud has settled — and Fortnite stays lacking from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
While takes are nonetheless flying in now, and aren’t more likely to cease, for the reason that game seems to be gone for the foreseeable future, we took a glance again at a number of the neighborhood and professional reactions that had been occurring in actual time.
Before the ban
The first neighborhood reactions got here shortly after the patch on Thursday morning, as followers had been already attempting to foretell what the implications of Epic’s new low cost could be. While there have been a couple of posters that had a good suggestion, one Reddit consumer actually hit the nail on the top, accurately guessing that Epic meant to tackle Apple.
The app retailer bans
By the time the game was truly faraway from the App Store — one thing most individuals had been anticipating from the start — it appeared that many gamers jumped on board for the memes. When it was delisted from the Play Store a couple of hours later, even fewer individuals had been stunned.
The in-game brief
The No. 1 response to the in-game video “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” gave the impression to be gamers both wondering what it was based on, or gamers — fully unprompted — explaining that it was based mostly on an Apple Super Bowl business from 1984.
On the opposite hand, quite a lot of gamers had been simply hyped for a fight:
Other Redditors had been … extra artistic with their response:
Pro gamers and content material creators
While some Fortnite professionals are supporting Epic, others aren’t thrilled with the disruption for mobile players. One poster on the Fortnite Competitive subreddit summed it up by saying, “Feel like people are missing the point when an entire device can’t be used to play the game when season 4 launches.”
Meanwhile, different professional gamers are annoyed that Epic opted to make use of a promotional hashtag for its personal authorized functions, however typically doesn’t reply to neighborhood hashtags in regards to the game, reminiscent of #removethemech from several seasons ago.
Don’t tweet “freefortnite” once they ignored #removethemech being trending worldwide and nonetheless to this ignore each precise criticism in regards to the game. They solely need change to maintain extra money this isn’t an altruistic transfer
— FaZe Destiny (@DestinysJesus) August 14, 2020
Perma-banned former pro FaZe Jarvis took to Twitter for just a little trolling:
— FaZe Jarvis (@liljarviss) August 13, 2020
Other Epic allies
One proponent of Epic’s actions wasn’t precisely a fan in any respect: It was Spotify. The streaming music large launched an announcement in assist of Epic taking up Apple:
Spotify, which has had a long-running battle with Apple and filed an antitrust criticism of its personal, weighs in on Epic v Apple. Spoiler: Spotify helps Epic. pic.twitter.com/FPNLmRNYBx
— Peter Kafka (@pkafka) August 13, 2020
Apple’s coverage of taking 30% of in-app purchases impacts Spotify as properly, which is why Spotify makes customers join outdoors of the iOS app; the identical is true of Netflix. Spotify accused Apple of anti-competitive practices in the EU simply final yr, and Epic publicly supported the company when the European Commission launched an investigation earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Tinder father or mother firm Match Group has voiced its support of Epic as well. While these are the 2 largest corporations to get behind Epic’s drastic motion for now, it’s attainable that extra might be a part of sooner or later.