Fortnite ban: Why has the hit game been dropped from Apple and Google’s app stores – and what might happen now?

Fortnite has been banned from the Apple and Google app stores, in one of the most high-profile disputes between companies in recent tech history.

On the one hand, the dispute is out of the hands of anyone using any of the companies products: customers have little say in any of these issues, and the discussion is really about how the billions of dollars generated through the app stores are distributed.

On the other, the argument has affected Fortnite fans in the most direct way possible. They are now not able to get the game in the same way as they did before – and if the dispute continues and takes in more companies, other apps and platforms could be affected too.

What happened?

The problem began when Fortnite began offering two ways of spending money in-game: either you…