Epic Games Announces Anti-Apple #FreeFortnite Tournament
Epic Games is drawing further attention to its ongoing dispute to Apple with an in-game event for Fortnite. Now Apple has blocked Fortnite from the App Store, iOS users are prevented from downloading future updates. So as the current in-game season comes to a close, Epic Games is marking the occasion with the #FreeFortnite Cup. The move comes amid an ongoing legal battle between Epic and Apple, following Fortnite‘s ban from the App Store.
All of your friends. Fabulous prizes. And one bad apple. We’re droppin the #FreeFortnite Cup on August 23.
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— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 21, 2020
The tournament will take place on Sunday 23 August, and will see players across all platforms compete to win prizes which seem to mock Apple. Last week, Epic added a new direct payment system to Fortnite, contravening Apple’s policies. Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store the same day, which prompted a lawsuit by Epic.
Many Fortnite players and social media users reacted to the announcement with amusement, with one Twitter user writing: “Fortnite really out here making an angry apple skin for a tournament out of spite,” along with several “crying laughing” emojis.
For players competing in the tournament, they stand a chance of winning an in-game skin of the evil-looking apple featured in Epic’s “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” video (cheekily dubbed the “Tart Tycoon”), a “Free Fortnite” hat, and even non-iOS gaming hardware, including an Alienware laptop, a Galaxy Tab S7, a OnePlus 8 phone, a PlayStation 4 Pro, an Xbox One X, or a Nintendo Switch.
Points are broken down as such:
- Active time: 1 point for every three minutes on the battle royale island.
- Eliminations: 1 point each.
- Victory Royale: 10 points for winning a match.
Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the tech giant is threatening to terminate its developer account by August 28 which would cut the company off from iOS and macOS development tools.
Some industry professionals have voiced concerns about how Epic is utilising the Fortnite fanbase in a legal dispute.