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Will Apple’s iOS 14 update delete Fortnite? Epic warns against download

Published: 24/Sep/2020 3:45

by Isaac McIntyre

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Epic Games has issued a warning to all Fortnite players currently considering downloading Apple’s new iOS 14 update: the recently released Sep. 16 upgrade could actually delete the battle royale from your handheld device “forever.”

Last week, Apple dropped one of its biggest iOS updates ever. The operating system upgrade, called iOS 14, brought home screen customization, widgets, and more to iPhones and iPads.

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You may want to hold off on downloading it just yet though if you’re an avid Fortnite player ⁠— according to Epic Games, if you install the iOS 14 update, there’s a good chance you’ll “lose access to Fortnite” forever.

“If Apples’ message ‘Temporarily Remove Apps to Install the Software Update?’ is accepted, it may result in Fortnite being deleted,” Epic Games warned on Sep. 23. “Fortnite cannot later be installed due to Apple preventing users from doing so.”

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It is unclear if this is simply a run-on effect of the iOS 14 update, or if Apple has gone out of their way to wipe Fortnite from all active handheld devices.

Now, Fortnite fans are faced with a tough decision; keep the world-famous battle royale on their phones, or update to Apple’s flashy new iOS 14 update.

There’s a way, luckily enough, to keep both after the operating system upgrade.

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You just need to follow a few workaround steps, and you can get the best of both worlds ⁠— the Fortnite app won’t be wiped, but the iOS 14 update will still be installed, along with all its brand-new features. Here’s how:

How to stop Fortnite being deleted during iOS 14 update

  • When the “Temporarily Remove Apps” request appears, press ‘Cancel.’
  • Go to Settings > General > iPhone storage.
  • Clear out unwanted apps, music, and videos.
  • Return to the iOS 14 update download screen, in “Software Update.”
  • Re-run the iOS 14 update. The “Remove Apps” request will no longer appear.
Fortnite may be wiped from your iOS device if you download Apple's new iOS 14 update.
Epic Games
Fortnite may be wiped from your iOS device if you download Apple’s new iOS 14 update.

Epic’s public warning is just the latest twist in a long-running saga between the Fortnite devs and Apple, which has spilled out into multiple legal battles.

Earlier this month, Epic actually demanded Apple put Fortnite back on the iOS app store, after it was revealed the battle royale had suffered a 60 percent decline in active users. Apple chose to decline the publisher’s request, however.

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Fortnite was first removed from the Apple app store on August 13. Epic Games is currently suing the global technology company, calling them “fearmongers” who have “built up too much power in the handheld gaming industry.”

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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