|Your iPhone copy of Fortnite is about to become out of date|
|发表时间：2020-12-26 12:05 阅读次数：|
|Enlarge / That soon-to-be-useless Fortnite icon has been worth a lot of money to some eBay buyers in recent days.eBay reader comments 165 with 99 posters participating Share this story Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Epic vs. Apple/GoogleJudge dismisses Apple’s “theft” claims in Epic Games lawsuit Judge denies request to force Fortnite back on iOS App Store pending trial Apple v. Epic hearing previews a long, hard-fought trial to come Epic, Spotify, and others take on Apple with “Coalition for App Fairness” Apple asks to block iOS Unreal Engine development in new court filing View more stories
Since Apple pulled Fortnite down from the iOS App Store earlier this month, some eBay users have apparently paid thousands of dollars for iPhones that had a playable, pre-installed copy of the game. Starting tomorrow, though, those devices will be no longer be able to play the latest version of the game.
"Apple is blocking Fortnite updates and new installs on the App Store and has said they will terminate our ability to develop Fortnite for Apple devices," Epic wrote in an FAQ update this morning. "As a result, Fortnite’s newly released Chapter 2 - Season 4 update (v14.00), will not release on iOS and macOS on August 27."
In other words, because the game's online servers require the latest version to be installed, Fortnite will finally be fully unplayable on iOS devices starting Thursday.
[Update, 8/26 at 3:10p ET: iOS players who have previously downloaded the game will actually be able to continue playing the current Version 13.40 "Chapter 2 -Season 3" update on iOS, as well as subsequent versions on other platforms. Progression in the Season 3 Battle Pass will no longer be possible on any platform, however, and iOS players won't be able to crossplay with players on later versions on other platforms. Ars regrets the error.]
Android users will still be able to install and play the latest update by downloading it directly from Epic or from The Samsung Galaxy Store on compatible devices.A fool and their money?
It has been clear that Fortnite's impending sunset on iOS was coming since at least August 13, when Apple first pulled the frequently updated game from the App Store. But that didn't stop hundreds of enterprising eBay sellers from listing their Fortnite-enabled iPhones on the site for the time being.
"Don’t miss out on the opportunity to continue playing this awesome game!" read one representative listing that started yesterday. As if that wasn't audacious enough, that listing also had the gall to say a game with well over 100 million iOS downloads was "rare."Advertisement
Unsurprisingly, some of those Fortnite-enabled iPhone listings have been asking for ridiculously inflated prices above MSRP, ranging from the thousands to the tens of thousands of dollars. More surprisingly, some eBay users were apparently willing to pay those inflated prices.
An Ars search of recent successful iPhone sales on eBay found 32 listings in the last week selling for $2,000 or more. That includes one listing that sold for $11,100 after an apparent four-day bidding war. For context, the most expensive standard iPhone currently sells for $1,449 brand new.A market crash?
Does this mean your iPhone with a copy of Fortnite is suddenly a coveted collector's item? Not necessarily. For one, despite the apparent outliers (some of which may be fraudulent bid situations), the majority of eBay listings for Fortnite-equipped iPhones are going for more reasonable prices well below $1,000.Further ReadingDiscontinued PS4 horror demo P.T. worth hundreds on eBayThat makes this situation different from the 2015 discontinuation of PS4 horror demo P.T. Back then, the vast majority of resold systems with the game pre-installed fetched hundreds of dollars more than used consoles without the game, according to an Ars analysis of completed listings.
For another, it's not clear that iPhones with Fortnite are any more susceptible to ridiculous price inflation than normal iPhones. Earlier this month, for instance, an iPhone 11 Pro Max without Fortnite installed sold on eBay for nearly $10,000, even though a new one could be purchased from Apple for thousands less. Similar examples of iPhones going for suspiciously high prices on eBay are not hard to find even without Fortnite's influence.
Most importantly, though, today's news from Epic makes it clear that an iPhone Fortnite installation will soon have limited tangible value to current players. Until and unless Apple and Epic work out their differences in court (which could take months or even years), there will be no way to play the latest version of the game on an iOS device.Further ReadingThousands flock to eBay to sell iPhones with Flappy Bird installed [updated]Of course, that iPhone copy of Fortnite could still have value as a historical oddity. As Twitter user @mistydemeo put it earlier this month, "The rarest iphone in the world has authentic copies of both Flappy Bird and Fortnite."关注高德娱乐官网（www.huzaza.com）。
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