After Google and Apple ban Epic Games’ Fortnite battle royale game from their stores, entrepreneurs are selling used iPhone’s with Fortnite game pre-installed for ridiculous amounts
We have already reported how the Epic Games vs Google and Apple drama is unfolding. Tim Sweeney of Epic Games has filed a private antitrust suit against both Apple and Google for charging 30% commission for the in-game earnings. In the meantime, both Google and Apple have booted out Epic Games’ Fortnite game from their respective play stores.
While Fortnite lovers can bypass the Google Play Store ban and directly install the APK file to play the battle royale game, iPhone users don’t have that luxury. So a few illustrious entrepreneurs and fly-by-night operators are trying to make the most out of the Fortnite ban on Apple Play Store. If you visit eBay, you will find dozens of listings for iPhones preinstalled with Fortnite game with prices upwards of $1,300 for a 64GB iPhone 11. Another listing for a 64GB iPhone X preinstalled with Fortnite is offered for a ridiculous sum of $10,000.
There are nearly a dozen iPhone models with Fortnite game listed on eBay, and these include both old and new versions, like iPhone 11, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7. The newer the version the more these operators are charging.
If you are a Fortnite fan, should you buy this pre-installed iPhone?
If you are a Fortnite lover, the basic question is whether it worth spending thousands of dollars on iPhones that come pre-installed with Fortnite? No, it doesn’t make sense to spend a thousand bucks for a used iPhone. There are other reasons as well. Epic Games has issued an alert stating that while users with iPhones where Fortnite is already installed can continue playing the game they would not receive the new updates.
This means that the new maps, characters, and weapons that Epic Games releases for Fortnite would not be available for these used iPhones with preinstalled Fortnite. In other words, if you buy the above-used iPhone with preinstalled Fortnite, you can only play the game that is installed.
It is also a fact that the private anti-trust suit is coming up for hearing and Epic Games may win the suit. A positive result for Epic Games could force both Google and Apple to reinstate Fortnite on Apple Play Store and Google Play Store respectively.
So spending thousands of dollars on such used iPhones with Fortnite pre-installed doesn’t make much sense.