Epic Games and Apple have not spoken since late 2020. The relationship between the two parties went downhill after Epic went after Apple, as the developer disagreed with the monopolistic nature of the App Store.
A lot has happened since the initial incident, but Fortnite fans on iOS devices are still stuck with a 2020 version of the game, and their situation seems to be getting worse after January 30.
At the end of January, Fortnite players in patch 13.40 will not be able to spend V-Bucks, and will also need to be over 18 to play. While the change will affect Apple users the most, it has nothing to do with the tech giant.
In the name of protecting young players, epic is looking for use the latest suite of their online services, which also includes parental controls, verification, and purchase settings, thus requiring certain features to be closed in older versions of Fortnite.
This news came to light after Epic’s violation of the “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act” in late December 2022. The developer went under the radar after countless reports of parents presenting unauthorized purchases with credit card.
When these charges were disputed, Epic made sure to block the affected accounts, further amplifying the controversy. In addition to the changes to the purchasing and parenting systems, Epic will also pay $520 million in compensation to the Federal Trade Commission, with $245 million to be used to settle with affected users.
These changes that affect certain players are expected to go live on January 30.