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New update suggests Fortnite could return to iOS

A new hotfix has removed the direct payment option from iOS, suggesting that Apple could bring Fortnite back to the App Store.

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iOS Fortnite players have been out of luck while Apple and Epic battle it out in court. This small update could point to a concession on Epic’s part.

Update 1/5/21 12:35 PM EST: An Epic employee has confirmed that this update was released by mistake.

Original article: It’s been a tough few months for the Fortnite mobile community with the ongoing litigation between Epic Games and Apple. For those who don’t know, Epic added a direct payment option to Fortnite, which was in direct violation of both the App Store and Google Play Store.

On Android devices, players could still download Fortnite through the Epic Games Launcher. Unfortunately, iOS players didn’t have this option, which was what led to the lawsuit between Epic and Apple.

On January 5, however, Epic released a small hotfix that focused on the iOS platform – specifically in the direct payment department.

Epic removed direct payment from iOS, which was the whole reason that Apple banned Fortnite from the App Store in the first place. With the legal battle ongoing, this doesn’t mean that Fortnite will come back to the App Store right away, but it’s a good first step.

Publicly, Epic took this opportunity to take a stand against what they saw as Apple’s monopoly over their platform. After removing direct payment, however, it seems like they might be relenting.

Again, we have no idea whether or not this means that Fortnite will come back to iOS platforms anytime soon. This could be a strategic move on the part of Epic Games to win favor in court.

This is, however, a good sign for iOS players. If Epic are willing to make this concession, Apple could decide to put Fortnite back in the App Store. Only time will tell.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Epic Games respond to reports of Fortnite account leaks

Epic Games have responded to reports of Fortnite account leaks. According to them, everyone’s Fortnite account should be safe.

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Fortnite pro Jonathan “Yung Calculator” Weber claimed that Fortnite account emails were being leaked to the public. Epic have responded, clearing the air.

Leaderboards are one of the most engaging elements of any competitive game. For top players, leaderboards allow them to see how they stack up against the competition – whether in a tournament or with a season-long competitive ranking.

In Fortnite, leaderboards are generally used for stat tracking and tournament placements. In the early hours of January 22, however, Fortnite pro Yung Calculator alleged that Epic Games were leaking sensitive information to the public.

In a Twitter video, the Fortnite pro alleged that leaderboards were leaking emails to the public, allowing bad actors to reset the passwords of popular players.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account,” Yung Calc said. “That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone,” he continued. “Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

Once this all came out, several people began pushing back. Data miner @FNBRUnreleased went so far as to say that something like this isn’t possible. “It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information.”

Epic Games respond to leaking allegations

This all led to an official statement from Epic Games. After investigating reports, they issued a tweet telling their followers that this isn’t the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

Yung Calc eventually deleted his tweet, saying that “I’m also deleting the original tweets since I say that Fortnite Tracker caused it, when apparently they didn’t.”

Pros were, reportedly, still getting logged out of their accounts at one point. On this front, Calc said, “I’m not a coder, don’t expect my knowledge to be 100% on that stuff. What I do know is that it def wasn’t Casper the ghost going around logging out pros.”

In the end, it’s good to know that our accounts aren’t getting leaked to the public. To Epic’s credit, they were quick to react to this news and put everyone’s minds at ease.

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Epic confirm incoming fix for pay-to-win Fortnite superhero skins

Epic Games have confirmed that they’re working to address community pay-to-win concerns regarding Fortnite superhero skins.

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Epic Games developers have responded to player requests regarding the all-black variant of the customizable superhero skins.

Fortnite is no stranger to pay-to-win controversies. The first came in the form of the Deep Dab emote, which allowed players to duck under windows and get free shots on their opponents.

After that were the Plastic Patroller and Toy Trooper skins. These skins blended in with the grassy background of the map, making them far more difficult to see than the brightly-colored alternatives.

Thankfully, Epic fixed both of these problems by adding a delay to emotes and dirt to the toy soldier skins. Now, though, they’re facing a similar controversy with the customizable superhero skins.

Reddit and Twitter users have recently noticed something that competitive Fortnite players knew since these skins first hit the Item Shop: the all-black versions are difficult to see.

The problem has only gotten worse, as recent Fortnite updates have made the nighttime even darker. Console players don’t have the option to turn off shadows, which means finding these corner-campers is nearly impossible for them.

Following the outcry on Reddit and social media, the developers responded to a thread, calling for them to fix the issue.

Epic Games staff member, u/gstaffEpic, told Redditors, “We’re looking at it. Thanks everyone for raising it.”

We assume that a fix for this problem is coming sooner rather than later. In the past, Epic have always been quick to address community concerns when it comes to pay-to-win items. They changed all of the other troublesome cosmetics throughout Fortnite, and we expect their handling of the superhero skins to be the same.

Unfortunately, it seems like the easiest fix would be to disable solid-colored superhero skins. We hope this doesn’t happen, but it would be better than all-black pay-to-win skins hiding in corners around the map.

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