Fortnite Hosting #FreeFortnite Cup on August 23

Fortnite Hosting #FreeFortnite Cup on August 23

Among the prizes available at the tournament is an in-game costume of Fortnite's new villain, the "Tart Tycoon". If you have a few hours to spare, feel free to peruse that hashtag... Apple does not have the ability to forcibly remove software from your device, but you might not be able to play it if Fortnite doesn't work with newer versions of the iOS. Players will now be left behind on Chapter 2 Season 3 while everyone else moves on to Chapter 2 Season 4 on 27 August.

Earlier this month, Epic Games filed lawsuits against both Apple and Google for removing its Fornite game from their respective app stores. This meant Epic could reduce the prices of V-Bucks by saving from payment processing fees with with Apple and Google taking a 30% cut from in-app purchases. Obviously having anticipated this, Epic then published a parody of Apple's famous 1984 ad, filed a lawsuit, and began executing what Apple describes quite accurately as "a carefully orchestrated, multi-faceted campaign".

Epic Games on its part has filed two separate lawsuits against both Apple and Google in United States courts, while arguing that the fees charged by them are exorbitant and result in an unlawful monopoly that Apple and Google enjoy. Apple said it "won't make an exception" for Epic.

In fact, as Apple notes in its challenge, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney emailed ahead of time to let Apple know what his company had planned. The cup will begin on August 23 and will include the chance to win the Tart Tycoon Outfit, the real-life #FreeFortnite adjustable hat, and one of 1,200 pieces of gaming hardware. Players who complete will stand a chance to win "anti-Apple prizes".

The full complaint can be seen here and we will be watching closely to see how this one develops because, just like the Epic lawsuit, could well change the way the Play Store operates in the future - and that affects all of us, not just the developers.

The 1,200 pieces of gaming hardware will go to the top 1,200 "apple-eaters". Along with these, Epic is giving away gaming hardware including Alienware gaming laptop, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, OnePlus 8, PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, or Nintendo Switch to 1,200 players.

If you are a developer are you ok with Google's Play Store practices?

On Sunday (23 August), Epic Games is hosting the #FreeFortnite Cup to mark the "final days" that Fortnite's entire community will be able to play together, the company said. Compete as a Solo player in up to 12 matches. Players will earn one point for every three minutes spent in a battle royale.

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