As Epic Games Fortnite dispute with both Apple and Google continues to drag out, the game developer has joined forces with Samsung to send out free swag to influencers in the form of a “Free Fortnite” care package.
The gift package, which was shared by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, “Free Fortnite” jacket, and a Galaxy Tab S7 from Samsung. A note included in the package reminds influencers that Fortnite is still available via the Epic Games app on the Galaxy Store.
Fortnite was named the Samsung Galaxy Store Game of the Year for 2020. In celebration, we’ve teamed up with Samsung to send you a special box of #freefortnite gear.
While Fortnite may not currently be available on the App Store or Google Play, you can still get the latest Fornite updates directly from the Epic Games app on the Galaxy Store. Spread the word, #freefortnite.
Fortnite was pulled from both Apple’s iOS App Store and the Google Play Store, after Epic Games decided it would try to get around paying Apple and Google their 30% cut of the action for in-app purchases. Epic added a direct purchase option to the game, allowing players to purchase Fortnite currency directly from Epic. The violation of the App Store and Google Play Store rules resulted in the game being removed from both stores.
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) December 21, 2020
Epic Games is now in a legal battle with both Apple and Google and has also been conducting an anti-Apple PR campaign. The game maker accuses Apple of imposing “anti-competitive restraints” on apps, and employing “monopolistic practices in markets” to “block competition and stifle innovation.”
Epic has also pulled the game from the macOS platform, even though the game was previously made available to Mac players outside of the Mac App Store. Epic Games and Apple are expected to face off in court in mid-2021.