Epic Games Announces “#FreeFortnite Cup” With Non-Apple Devices As Prizes

I don’t know who runs Epic Games PR department, but this announcement of the “#FreeFortnite Cup” in my mind seems kind of weird.

Epic is inviting Fortnite players to join in a worldwide tournament this Sunday, in protest of Apple’s decision to remove Fortnite from the iOS App Store. The gaming company will offer up prizes like an in-game outfit and a physical “Free Fortnite” hat to hardware such as Alienware laptops, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 tablets, OnePlus 8 phones, and Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch gaming systems.

For those of you keeping score at home, those are all devices that can still run Fotnite. Or in the case of the OnePlus 8 can sideload Fortnite.

This is important to Epic Games because iOS users will be effectively left behind when Chapter 2 – Season 4 launches on August 27. That’s due to the fact that Epic can’t push the update to iOS users. So if you bought one of those iPhones off eBay with Fortnite installed, you wasted your money. Android users on the other hand can in theory still sideload the update.

This is very weird. It’s as if Epic Games is scrambling to stay relevant somehow. Yes Apple has likely gone too far by targeting the Unreal Engine that Epic Games makes. But Epic Games has really tried to push its agenda here in ways that are questionable. And I have to wonder if this is going to blow up in their face at some point. We’ll have to see what happens.

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