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January 6, 2021

Recent “Hotfix” Could Mean Fortnite’s Return To iOS

Recent “Hotfix” Could Mean Fortnite’s Return To iOS

A hotfix from earlier today could be positive for Fortnite players on Apple devices.


Five months ago, Fortnite developer Epic Games challenged Apple Inc’s “outrageous” commission grab on in-app purchases by offering players an option to bypass those fees. The North Carolina-based company implemented a “direct payment” feature, meaning all purchases would funnel directly into their pockets. Epic kept the standard Apple App Store purchase option in place, but it didn’t matter. Apple responded swiftly by removing the popular Battle Royale title from the iOS Store without skipping a beat. What ensued over the last half-year was a nasty antitrust legal battle between the two multi-billion dollar companies.

Since its removal from the iOS Store in August, mobile players on Apple devices have not been able to play Fortnite. Epic Games stood to lose tens of millions from one of Fortnite’s most popular platforms but moved forward, enduring several court proceedings. Despite the rhetoric from both sides, a recent find from Fortnite leakers could indicate that the game might be on its way back to Apple devices.

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Epic Games “Hotfixes” Direct Payment Option

Reputable leaker ShiinaBR was just one of many to point out a “hotfix” that Epic Games put in place earlier today. For those who don’t know, a hotfix is merely a small update that developers can push at any time without bringing the game offline. In this case, Epic “removed all strings related to ‘Epic Direct Payment’ from the iOS version of the game”. As we all know, the Epic Direct Payment option sparked the legal battle between the video game developer and tech company in the first place. Although neither seems to have reached a resolution, could this mean Fortnite will return to the iOS Store soon?

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Does This Mean Fortnite is Back on iOS?

The hotfix is a curious move on Epic’s part, but there is no news to go on other than this change. By all accounts, Epic and Apple are still entrenched in a court case that could drag through 2021. There may be more happening behind the scenes than either party is willing to reveal publicly. The most recent update on the legal proceedings occurred today. According to the Apple World Today website, “Epic Games failed to convince a California federal judge that Apple should have to turn over documents about its business activities abroad as part of the video game maker’s antitrust fight with the tech behemoth over App Store fees.” This development has nothing to do with the hotfix mentioned earlier, so tempered expectations are essential as the antitrust lawsuit continues.

Perhaps Epic Games plans to wave the white flag and recoup some of its losses after Apple booted Fortnite from the iOS Store. The Epic Direct Payment removal might be a show of good faith. It also could be a simple cleanup of old unneeded strings in Fortnite’s coding.

Stay tuned to ESTNN for more Fortnite news and updates!

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Published at Tue, 05 Jan 2021 17:16:27 +0000

CoD: New Warzone Exploit Allows Players To Enter The Gulag Without Dying

Warzone continues to be riddled with bugs, with the latest one possibly being one of the worst.


Call of Duty: Warzone delivered one of the most innovative gameplay experiences in a Battle Royale so far through the Gulag. When a player dies, they’re sent to the Gulag. Here, they fight against another player in a 1v1 with the winner getting a second chance, and redeploying into the game. For the most part, the Gulag has remained fairly impenetrable, as you would expect. However, recently players have discovered a new exploit, allowing them to enter the Gulag and kill opponents without an invitation.

The Warzone map, Verdansk, features multiple Gulag locations. Sometimes this is clear when a UAV or Heartbeat Sensor shows a player who is mysteriously not there. Usually, this means you’re above one of the Gulags. Here, players have been using a Loadout drop to push themselves under the map and into the Gulag, allowing them to kill the prisoners.

This exploit comes at a horrible time for Warzone, and fans continue to voice their frustrations with the DMR-14. The DMR-14 has quickly become the most overpowered weapon since Warzone’s integration with Black Ops Cold War. Players have even gone so far to ask English Prime Minister Boris Johnson to nerf the weapon during his COID-19 briefing last night.

Fans still frustrated with DMR-14

This exploit comes at a horrible time for Warzone, and fans continue to voice their frustrations with the DMR-14. The DMR-14 has quickly become the most overpowered weapon since Warzone’s integration with Black Ops Cold War. Players have even gone so far to ask English Prime Minister Boris Johnson to nerf the weapon during his COID-19 briefing last night.

A phone screenshot, Boris Johnson appears in a livestream video delivering his Covid-19 address. Live messages being sent by viewers including "Nerf the DMR" can be seen below.

Recently, Raven Software had to remove Helicopters from the game due to a glitch that allowed players to go invisible. With so many glitch present in Warzone, it seems to be in a tough spot. However, players continue to be loyal, and will be looking forward to a possible new map in the future.

Published at Tue, 05 Jan 2021 15:23:34 +0000

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