Fortnite could make $500 million on mobile this year

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Fortnite is a runaway hit on iOS.
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Just in case you’ve somehow not heard, Fortnite is so hot right now. According to new figures released by Sensor Tower, it grossed more than $25 million in its first month on mobile.

Think that’s impressive? Based on the fact that it’s not yet available on Android, that figure could rise to surpass $500 million this year if this situation changes.

Why you can’t play Fortnite mobile with a game controller

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Fortnite mobile still doesn’t support controllers.
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Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile is a boatload of fun — but it could be a lot better. Clunky touch controls make it more difficult to play on iOS than on console or PC, and there’s nothing game controller manufacturers can do about it right now.

Gamevice has explained why its controllers do nothing if you attempt to use them in Fortnite — and why it’s taking Epic Games so long to add controller support.

Epic offers free Fortnite loot to apologize for downtime

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Here’s what you’ll get in Battle Royale.
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Epic has promised to give Fortnite players free loot to apologize for recent downtime that left fans unable to play the game for around 24 hours.

Battle Royale players — including those on iOS — will be able to obtain a back bling gift from the store this weekend, while the game’s next big update will bring free Battle Stars. Save the World players can look forward to some goodies, too.

Fortnite still down after 12 hours due to database failure [Update]

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No one can play Fortnite right now.
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No, it’s not just you — no one can play Fortnite right now.

The hottest game on the planet is down — and has been for over 12 hours — as a result of a database failure. Epic Games is in the process of carrying out major upgrades to its database systems, but there’s no word on when Fortnite will be playable again.

Fortnite on iOS gets Port-a-Fort, squad commands and more

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No, controller support still isn’t ready yet.
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Fortnite Battle Royale’s weekly content update has rolled out on iOS, adding the new Port-a-Fort grenade, squad commands, and more.

Epic has also addressed a whole bunch of pesky bugs — including one that caused weapons to hover in the air when switching quickly between items. There are big changes for consoler and PC players, too.

Fortnite gets weapon vending machines, explosive game mode

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Look out for vending machines in Fortnite Battle Royale
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This week’s Fortnite update brings vending machines to battle royale, allowing you to trade unwanted building materials for weapons.

The vending machines are scattered around the map, and each offers three items of randomly-selected rarities. The items are cycled every so often and there is no limit to how many you can purchase in each match.

Epic Games has also added a limited-time High Explosives game mode.

Now anyone can play Fortnite, the year’s hottest iOS game

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Here’s what you’ll get in Battle Royale.
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Fortnite, the hottest game of 2018, is finally available on iOS for everyone to download, no invite code needed.

The game has been in beta on iOS the last few weeks and required a special invite code to get in on the battle royal action. Now anyone with an iPhone SE or later can get in on the action anywhere you have an internet connection.

Moog Model D, Fortnite and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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