'Fortnite' app removal threatens social lifeline for young gamers
[NEW YORK] A YouTube alert interrupted Jack Erricker's schoolwork on Friday morning as he and kids all over the world woke up to the news that their favourite game, Fortnite, had been taken down from Apple 's Store and Google Play store. Read more at The Business Times.
Tell us what you think. Email us firstname.lastname@example.orgCalum Jack, an eight-year-old from London, heard the Fortnite news from friends in Asia as soon as he woke up at 6am. The topic was"all over YouTube", he said.He is online up to 10 hours a day, playing, building or just chatting with up to 20 friends as far apart as Canada and India. Fortnite and other online games have been Jack's main social outlet since coronavirus lockdowns closed schools across the world in March.
"It's been very important since we've been on holiday. We play all the time," he said.Fortnite-owner Epic Games has challenged Apple's policy of taking a cut of purchases made inside the app by allowing users to pay Epic directly at a cheaper price. The financial ramifications of the move were apparent even to young gamers.
"Epic was cutting into Apple's profit margins," said Zoraan Kunnel, 13, of Bengaluru, India.On Thursday, Epic released a video within Fortnite, on YouTube and other social media channels mocking Apple's iconic"1984" ad with the hashtag"FreeFortnite". The hashtag has trended on social media and racked up nearly 26 million views on short-form video app TikTok. headtopics.com
"My friends think that Fortnite is going to win the argument," Erricker said."There's a lot of people who play Fortnite, and they'll be against Apple."As to what Jack will do if the game stops working on his iPad, he said:"I'd just play on the PS4."
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