With everything else going on, you may have forgotten Epic Games and Apple’s ongoing legal fight over the alternative payment scheme of the Fortnite maker that had it kicked from the App Store. The lawsuits are still played out, but here’s a little positive. Epic revealed last Friday that your V-Bucks stuck on the macOS and iOS versions of Fortnite will be honoured and credited to your account so that you can use them on other platforms.
Epic reports that by today, November 9th, players who bought V-Bucks on iOS and macOS should receive their credit. Those V-Bucks can be used on any device other than iOS or macOS that can play Fortnite.
We have a whole StoryStream and a quick timeline that will catch you up in case you’re curious how far the legal battle has come, but a much simpler version is this: Apple was finally forced to allow Epic to continue to update the Unreal Engine for developer use, but Fortnite is still out of the App Store.
Epic’s war with Apple from a gaming viewpoint has left Fortnite’s iOS and macOS models a shadow of their former selves. Playing outside the Apple ecosystem is disabled and the core progression loop that keeps players returning to the game, the seasonal updates and battle pass system is inaccessible.
Fortnite never saw the “Nexus War” Marvel update on Apple platforms this summer, nor the series of in-game concerts that followed, and there’s no knowing when all of that content would come back. If players want to manage their V-Bucks to stay up-to-date with the game, they have to do that somewhere else.