Fortnite further crippled on iOS with January 30 update

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In addition to a new age restriction, Fortnite on iOS and macOS will not let users spend V-Bucks in an upcoming server-side update.

Epic Games will limit Fortnite features
Epic Games will limit Fortnite features


Apple removed the popular game from the App Store in 2020 after Epic Games sidestepped the App Store commission fee. Now, that old, yet still functional, version will have restrictions starting on January 30.

Players using the 13.40 version of Fortnite released in August 2020 on iOS and Mac won't let players spend V-Bucks, the game's currency. It also requires gamers to be over 18 to play, and people must agree to the new terms and conditions.

The update limits some playability since players can use V-Bucks to buy season passes, character skins, and other items such as weapons. It's not clear when the older version won't be supported at all anymore, but that day appears to be rapidly approaching.

The company's Fortnite Status account on Twitter said that Epic Games wants all versions of the game to use the current suite of Epic Online Services. These services include parental controls, purchasing defaults, and parental verification features.

The V-Bucks change does not impact versions of Fortnite played through streaming game services.

It's not clear if Apple will allow Fortnite to return to the App Store. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tweeted in December that the game would be back in 2023. Sweeney likely refers to the recent Digital Markets Act, which would require Apple to allow third-party app stores on its platforms in Europe.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Not able to spend on V bucks. that is a plus!!  keep it that way. 
    watto_cobralolliverCluntBaby92
  • Reply 2 of 11
    larryjwlarryjw Posts: 967member
    I don't know if there isn't a better word, far less suspect, than "crippled" to describe restriction on spending money on Fortnite nonsense. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    That Is what will happen if apple is forced allow other app stores. 

    They will make a crippled version of their app for the App Store, and them they will make you get the full version from their store. 
    watto_cobrawilliamlondon
  • Reply 4 of 11
    JP234JP234 Posts: 827member
    You know, we live in a Capitalist country. No one is forcing anyone to download, play or buy imaginary crap from Epic or Apple.

    You don't like the terms, find something else to do. Preferably on your feet or a bicycle. And leave the phone in your pocket.

    Listen to your Boomer Grampa.
    watto_cobrawilliamlondonMBearFileMakerFellerRhythmagedarbus69CluntBaby92
  • Reply 5 of 11
    MadbumMadbum Posts: 438member
    Time to kick the China communist game off 
    williamlondonCluntBaby92watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 11
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 966member
    That Is what will happen if apple is forced allow other app stores. 

    They will make a crippled version of their app for the App Store, and them they will make you get the full version from their store. 
    And this should be a big enough reason in the courts against this disgusting company, on why 3rd party app stores should not exist!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 11
    Epic games is trash. Fornite is trash. 
    darbus69CluntBaby92
  • Reply 8 of 11
    JP234JP234 Posts: 827member
    Rhythmage said:
    Epic games is trash. Fornite is trash. 
    Playing Fortnite is the software equivalent of masturbation. Sure, it's fun, but it's solitary, and just substitutes fantasy violence for fantasy sex.
    darbus69watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 11
    JP234 said:
    Rhythmage said:
    Epic games is trash. Fornite is trash. 
    Playing Fortnite is the software equivalent of masturbation. Sure, it's fun, but it's solitary, and just substitutes fantasy violence for fantasy sex.
    MAYBE i should start playing😏
    JP234watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Most people who use Apple products will, like me, stay away from 3rd party app stores, don’t even care about the prices, it’s all about data privacy and performance. And the video game industry doesn’t give a rat’s tush whether they turn every man woman or child into a zombie wanna be blood thirsty murderer, in fact they would prefer everyone come to their Lairs and spend every cent of their hard earned pay on bullets, bombs and moronic outfits. Save the world and send your kids and husbands outside to play instead…
    JP234watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 11
    JP234JP234 Posts: 827member
    darbus69 said:
    Most people who use Apple products will, like me, stay away from 3rd party app stores, don’t even care about the prices, it’s all about data privacy and performance. And the video game industry doesn’t give a rat’s tush whether they turn every man woman or child into a zombie wanna be blood thirsty murderer, in fact they would prefer everyone come to their Lairs and spend every cent of their hard earned pay on bullets, bombs and moronic outfits. Save the world and send your kids and husbands outside to play instead…
    Couldn't have said it better.
    watto_cobra
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