Beginning January 30, v13.40 of Fortnite on iOS and Google Play will turn into unavailable to gamers underneath 18, Epic Video games has announced. Though Fortnite was faraway from the iOS, macOS and Google Play shops in August 2020, the sport remains to be playable by customers who already had it put in, however it’s been caught on the v13.40 replace. Gamers may also now not be capable of spend V-Bucks, the video games in-app forex, starting January 30.
“We wish all variations of our video games to make use of the present suite of Epic On-line Providers together with parental controls, buying defaults, and parental verification options,” the corporate stated in a tweet. “We’re not capable of replace the app on these platforms given Apple and Google’s restrictions on Fortnite.”
In December, Epic Video games launched restricted accounts that forestall children from spending cash in Fortnite’s in-game retailer and utilizing voice chat and not using a mum or dad’s consent. That very same month, Epic Video games agreed to pay $520 million in fines associated to allegations from the Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) that Fortnite violated the Kids’s On-line Privateness Act and in addition tricked individuals into making unintentional purchases.
Though Epic Video games has addressed these considerations with new updates, Fortnite on iOS and Google Play units can’t obtain updates. In consequence, blocking entry for anybody underneath 18 was the one possibility accessible to Epic Video games. To handle the FTC’s declare that Fortnite tricked gamers into making unintentional purchases, the corporate is eradicating the flexibility to spend V-Bucks.
It’s value noting that almost all gamers doubtless gained’t be affected by the brand new restrictions rolling out in a couple of days, on condition that there are methods to entry the favored sport with out having to undergo the App Retailer or Google Play shops. As an illustration, if you wish to entry the sport on iOS or macOS, you are able to do so by GeForce Now. It’s also possible to obtain the sport natively to Android from Epic Video games’ web site.