Fortnite players on iOS bag 1,000 free V-Bucks for update bug

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And 15 free Battle Stars!
Photo: Epic Games

Fortnite players on iOS have been gifted 1,000 V-Bucks by Epic Games as an apology for a recent bug.

Fans were unable to play the game after the recent 9.40.1 patch introduced a big glitch. The only fix initially was to delete Fortnite and reinstall gigabytes of data all over again.

The bug meant many Fortnite fans were unable to log into the game on iOS — and those who could experienced system crashes. Rather than rolling out another fix, Epic asked players to reinstall.

Another patch, version 9.40.2, was rolled out on iOS eventually. But by then frequent players had already gone through the trouble of downloading the game again.

Epic is now saying sorry with free V-Bucks and Battle Stars.

Grab your free V-Bucks today

“We apologize for the recent error you experienced with the v9.40.1 patch,” reads a message that greets players on iOS today. “Here are 15 Battle Stars and 1,000 V-Bucks as a gift to help make up for that.”

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Log in to get yours today.
Photo: Epic Games

That’s a pretty generous gift when you consider that 1,000 V-Bucks would normally cost you $9.99 — or $12.99 if you buy them through the App Store. And Epic doesn’t give away free V-Bucks very often.

But not everyone gets them.

Some players will miss out

Epic is only awarding the freebies to iOS users who were affected by the 9.40.1 bug. So if you didn’t attempt to play Fortnite on iPhone or iPad before the issue was fixed, you’ll miss out.

To find out if you’re eligible, simply log into Fortnite on iOS today.