While the fight between Epic Games and Apple continues, the Fortnite developer is turning things up a little by hosting a free multiplayer contest on all platforms this Sunday.
Named the #FreeFortnite Cup, this competition will be the last one that Fortnite players will play together on all platforms. At least for a while anyway. This is due to the fact that the next major update for the Fortnite video game will begin rolling out next week ahead of the launch of Chapter 2 Season 4. Apple has already removed the game from the App Store, so it won’t be able to receive this new update. This will cause iPhone and iPad players to be left behind.
The #FreeFortnite Cup looks to be a pretty big event because it will reward players with a mix of real-world rewards and in-game content.
The most notable prize is the Tart Tycoon character (see above image) that first appeared in the initial #FreeFortnite video and is a direct jab at Apple’s for being a big corporation that, according to Epic Games, is more concerned with money and power than with innovation and individuals.
Compared to previous contests, having the Tart Tycoon skin will be fairly easy, as players just need to earn 10 points. On the Battle Royale Island, one point is credited for every three minutes alive, one point can be won for each elimination, and 10 points are awarded to players who get a Victory Royale (also last man or team in a match).
A real cap that features an old-school Mac parody logo of a rainbow lama instead of an apple and the words “Free Fortnite” under it, will also be delivered to the top 20,000 players. All who make it to the top 1,200 will be awarded real gaming equipment like a new Alienware Gaming Laptop, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, OnePlus 8, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X or a Nintendo Switch. Fortnite is playable on all of these devices.
The pressure on Apple will certainly start mounting next week as a major chunk of the Fortnite player base will be pushed out of the game the same day that the next season’s content, which is expected to include a lot of Marvel Comics content, rolls out. Many of these iOS players are likely to be able to play Fortnite on a Windows pc or gaming console like Xbox One, although it’s doubtful the rest will be able to.