Previously, players were forced to spend materials if they wanted to receive the items that are found inside the vending machine, however after the new update, that is no longer the case.
Instead, items found in a vending machine are now free, but there is a catch – once the item has been redeemed, the machine will disappear, meaning nobody else can use it.
It seems that there may be a way around this though, as FaZe Clan’s Tfue has found a way to receive multiple items from a vending machine, as long as you’re playing with a partner.
As demonstrated by Tfue and Team Liquid’s Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo, if two players take something from a vending machine at the exact same time, two of the item will be dropped, with Tfue saying it’s easy to do as “the timing isn’t that tight.”
This trick will be extremely helpful for duos or squads who would like more than one of an item for their teammates, although it’s currently unknown whether three or four players could try this trick and see the vending machine drop all of them the weapon or item.
It’s likely that this is a bug with the vending machine, so expect to see Epic Games move to fix this in the near future.