Fornite players get a discount by paying Epic directly on mobile versions.

Angela Lang / CNET

Fortnite developer Epic announced on Thursday that it had permanently reduced the price of V-Bucks and other in-game microtransactions on console and PC versions of the Battle Royale game by up to 20%. Due to the cuts made by Apple and Google, a different approach was taken for iOS and Android versions.

It costs $ 9.99 to get 1,000 V-Bucks if you visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. However, if you pay Epic directly, you will only get back $ 7.99.

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"Currently, Apple and Google charge a 30% fee when using Apple and Google's payment options, and the price drop of up to 20% does not apply," Epic wrote in a blog post about the discount. "If Apple or Google lower their payment fees in the future, Epic will pass the savings on to you."

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Back in 2018, Epic completely bypassed the Google Play Store when it launched Fortnite on Android. The company confirmed to CNET that it would have done the same thing on iOS if it could. The game came to the Play Store in April, but Epic criticized Google's efforts to characterize "third-party software sources as malware" in a statement issued at the time.

In an antitrust hearing in Congress attended by technical CEOs Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's commission as "comparable to or lower than the commissions charged by the majority of our competitors."

Neither Apple nor Google immediately responded to requests for comments.


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