Epic Games takes another hit on Apple as Fortnite essentially goes to bed on iOS, with the game maker hosting an in-game tournament with special prizes that growl the tech giant.
Dubbed the “FreeFortnite Cup,” the upcoming tournament begins August 23 and includes prizes like a “Tart Tycoon” skin borrowed from the cartoon of Tim Cook who starred in Epic’s “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite” commercial.
Physical prizes are also up for grabs, with the company offering 20,000 “Free Fortnite” hats (designed in the style of classic Apple “Think Different” merchandise) and 1,200 pieces of non-Apple gaming hardware like a laptop from Apple. Alienware game, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, OnePlus 8, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch.
Players can participate in the tournament by going to the “Competition” tab of the game and selecting the “#FreeFortnite Cup Playlist”. Participants have four hours to accumulate points – active time, eliminations and wins – in up to 12 single player matches.
“These are the last days of the ability of the entire Fortnite community to play together. Apple has blocked Fortnite from the App Store, preventing players from updating to new versions,” Epic said in a press release. “Players on iOS devices will be left behind in Chapter 2 – Season 3 while everyone else will jump into the Chapter 2 – Season 4 launch on August 27.”
Former Fortnite players who removed the game from their iPhone or iPad can enter the tournament by reinstalling the title.
Last week, Epic prompted Apple to remove Fortnite from the App Store by releasing an update that included a direct payment option for in-game currency. After the title was removed, per App Store guidelines, Epic launched a full-blown legal attack targeting store fees and Apple’s business strategy. Corresponding public relations and social media campaigns followed.