FreeFortnite Cup Announced, Features Multiple Digs at Apple

Fortnite has announced the FreeFortnite Cup event, which will be held on August 23rd. According to Epic Games, the event will be the last time that Fortnite players across all platforms will be able to play against one another, so this one features a number of in-game and physical prizes. These include a "Tart Tycoon" in-game skin, physical hats featuring the FreeFortnite hashtag, and phones and video game consoles from companies other than Apple or Google. Notably, the hat features a Llama Loot Pinata silhouette with a color scheme meant to evoke the original Apple logo. More information can be found in the link in the Tweet below.

Last week, Fortnite was removed from the App Store and Play Store following an update that violated each company's terms of service. Epic Games responded with lawsuits against both companies, and things have only escalated, since. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney had been outspoken in the past about Apple and Google, referring to both companies as "payment monopolies." Sweeney's complaints stem from a 30% charge on in-game purchases that both Apple and Google enforce on all apps.

At this time, it's impossible to say where things will go from here. Epic had clearly been planning a move against Apple and Google for some time; the day that the game was pulled from both digital storefronts, Epic released a trailer starring the villainous Tart Tycoon character. Clearly, there is no love lost between the companies, and this event will likely do little to change that. For now, at least Fortnite players will have one last opportunity to play together across platforms.

The FreeFortnite Cup will last for four hours. Players will receive one point for every three minutes they spend on the island, one point per elimination, and 10 points for each Victory Royale. 10 points will get players the Tart Tycoon skin, and the 20,000 top-scoring players will receive the FreeFortnite hat. The top 1200 players will receive a piece of gaming equipment, such as a console, an Alienware Gaming Laptop, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, or a OnePlus 8.

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