Fortnite Gives Out Free V-Bucks To Make Up For Blocked Apple Updates

Fortnite is rewarding the Apple community with V-Bucks for their patience regarding the lack of updates for those who play on Macs or iOS devices.

For those who once were able to play Fortnite on iOS or Mac devices, Epic Games is giving away free V-Bucks to make up for Apple blocking game updates. Fortnite mobile and Mac players haven’t had access to the most recent updates since August in light of an ongoing lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple.

On August 13, Epic Games released an update for Fortnite on iOS and Android devices that would allow players to undermine their device’s app store and purchase V-Bucks directly from Epic Games at a discounted price. Apple was the first to ban Fortnite from its App Store along with any future updates. In retaliation to the ban, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple for harboring an anti-competitive market along with various other claims. Fortnite mobile players have since fled to other platforms or have remained platformless.

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The Fortnite iOS and Mac community continues to voice its woes under almost every post made by Fortnite affiliated accounts. They have seemingly been heard, and Epic Games announced via the Fortnite Status Twitter account that select Fortnite mobile and Mac players would be receiving a V-Buck grant. This doesn’t apply to all Fortnite mobile users, only those who purchased V-Bucks through the Apple App Store and have yet to spend them. Epic Games is doubling the number of unspent V-Bucks that were purchased through the App Store for iOS and through the Epic Games Store on Mac, with the replacement V-Bucks usable on any platform.

If this is an attempt for Epic Games to retain players from Mac and iOS, it sure is a weird way to do so. Epic is offering to double the number of unused V-Bucks that were purchased on currently defunct platforms almost three months ago. It’s hard to imagine that a player wouldn’t have spent V-Bucks they purchased that long ago if they had the opportunity, and if they continue to remain platformless, extra unspendable V-Bucks will only remind players that they are unable to play Fortnite on their platform on choice.

Regardless, it is nice of Epic Games to acknowledge the mobile Fortnite community and reward them for their patience. Epic claims that its lawsuit is for the good of all app creators who fall victim to Apple’s predatory 30 percent cut of in-app purchases. If that truly is the case, then Fortnite iOS players should be okay with missing out on quality game time if it’s for the greater good.

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Source: Fortnite Status


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