The maker of "Fortnite" is currently embroiled in a public-relations and legal battle with Apple over its App Store policies, which stipulate that the tech giant collects a 30 percent commission for any in-app payments.
While Apple has since removed the "Fortnite" app from its App Store, Epic Games has announced a #FreeFornite tournament for this Sunday, August 23.
Players, who will have to select the #FreeFortnite Cup Playlist to participate in the tournament, will have the opportunity to win 1,200 pieces of gaming hardware and other prizes alluding to Epic's ongoing fight with Apple.
Among them are an in-game skin of the evil-looking apple featured in Epic's "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite" video, which was released on August 13 on the heels of Apple's ban of "Fortnite."
The video notably mimics Apple's own "1984" Superbowl TV commercial, which took a sideswipe at IBMwith the promise that the Macintosh would be like no other computer 36 years ago.
Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 13, 2020
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Also up for grabs in Epic's #FreeFortnite tournament will be a selection of non-iOS gaming hardware, including an Alienware laptop, a Galaxy Tab S7, a OnePlus 8 phone, a PlayStation 4 Pro, an Xbox One X or a Nintendo Switch.
Aside from announcing the tournament, Epic Games issued a blog post in which it reminded iOS players that they will not be able to play the next season of "Fortnite," which is scheduled to arrive on August 27.
The video game developer advised iOS players to migrate to other platformers where "Fortnite" is currently available, and to voice their frustration by "messaging @AppStore on social with #FreeFortnite," which has been used in more than 143.000 posts on Twitter at the time of this writing.