What a whirlwind few weeks it has been for Fortnite players on iOS. The fallout between Epic Games and Apple over a legal dispute in early August has led to the removal of the game from the App Store, which in turn created a vacuum in the white corner of the mobile gaming market.
Interestingly, however, it also means whoever’s iPhone still has Fortnite installed on it is now potentially a cash cow.
Gamesradar reports that a slew of users have been capitalising on the Fortnite exodus, putting up their iOS devices on eBay for sale. And what do you know, there is indeed a market for it, as bids for iPhones with the game have been racking up over the past few days.
Simply searching “iPhone Fortnite” on the online marketplace will reveal over 6,000 results (at the time of writing, at least), with some really serious buyers bidding over the iPhones with the most attractive prices (we’re talking at least 40 bids for some!).
Some even went so far as to slap a US$40,000 price tag on their device. Someone’s feeling lucky.
This phenomena isn’t just contained within the US. It has also reached the shores of Singapore, on Carousell. From our findings, the most expensive iPhone with Fortnite goes for S$5,000.
Make of it what you will, but there are some really smart opportunists here just trying to make a quick buck off the petty squabbles of titans in the global economy. Just remember that Fortnite is still completely free on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch! Let that sink in a little.
And while we’re at it, consider a much cheaper alternative to the above: a Nintendo Switch from a scalper, perhaps?
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.