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Epic iOS update has fans speculating about a Fortnite Apple return

An update to Fortnite on iOS has led fans to speculate that the game will return to Apple devices, although some disagree.

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Since the lawsuit between Apple and Epic games began, Fortnite hasn’t been available on iOS devices but an update suggests it could return to iPhone and iPad.

Fortnite coming to mobile was a massive step forward for the mobile gaming community, with a Triple-A studio giving continuous support for a complete port of one of the world’s biggest shooters.

However, Epic Games have been in a legal battle with Apple since August. Epic added a ‘direct payment’ option so microtransactions bypass specific platforms. Apple said that this violated their terms of service and removed Fortnite from iOS devices.

However, a small hotfix on January 5 which focused on Fortnite iOS has led to much speculation over the future of Fortnite on iPhone and iPad.

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Fortnite ‘direct payment’ removed

In the January 5 update, Epic removed the direct payment button, the very thing that started the legal battle. This has led fans to speculate that Fortnite will be returning to Apple devices.

The removal has led to much debate on Twitter. Many reliable leakers reported on the update such as ShiinaBR and HYPEX, although they aren’t confident we can glean much from this.

Another Fortnite leaker, Lucas7yoshi, shared a message from Epic employee MagmaReef, who claims that the removal was a mistake.

Popular leaker HYPEX also claimed that the removal of this feature doesn’t mean anything. However, there doesn’t appear to be any official evidence either way. Neither Epic Games nor Apple have made a statement, and it’s unlikely they will until the lawsuit has concluded.

With conflicting information coming in from every angle, all fans can do for now is speculate and hope there is light at the end of the tunnel for iOS Fortnite players.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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How to watch FNCS Season 5 & earn Twitch drops

Epic Games have given more information about the FNCS Season 5 schedule and Twitch drops viewers can earn.

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Epic Games has released more details regarding the FNCS Season 5 schedule and Twitch drops. Here are the details.

After announcing details regarding the FNCS Season 5 prize pool, Epic Games has now released information regarding the exact schedule and rewards viewers will get for watching the championship series this year.

A vast majority of the big-money games will be played on crossplay enabled servers Luckily, Epic has reversed this decision, instead promising a few console-only competitions in the future.

With that said, here’s this seasons breakdown.

Scoring system & Format

This season’s main competitive mode will be Trios. This will likely be the main format going forward for all future seasons. For scoring, it will be based on placements and eliminations. You can see the chat below.

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point

Each elimination will be worth 1 additional point.

FNCS Schedule

Epic has announced they will be moving away from weekly broadcasts, instead opting to focus on the most important stages of the competition. This will include the final week of qualifiers and finals. The schedule is as follows: (Times are in ET)

Europe

  • 1 PM – Broadcast Begins
  • 1:15 PM – Live Coverage Begins
  • 4:30 PM – Approximate stream end

North America

  • 5:00 PM – Broadcast begins
  • 5:15 PM – Live North America East coverage
  • 8:30 PM – Break
  • 9:15 PM – North America West coverage
  • 12:30 PM – Approximate stream end

Other regions will also have streams, and there will also be streams in languages other than English. You can find those streams here.

Twitch Drops

Epic Games will be offering Twitch Drops once again to players who watch the FNCS live. These drops will come in the form of sprays, stickers and loading screens.

Be sure to enable Twitch drops between your Epic Games and Twitch account. You can link your accounts through the settings tab on Twitch.

We’ll update you when Twitch announces all of the drops formally.

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Where to find the black box in Fortnite’s Week 9 challenge

A Fortnite Season 5 weekly challenges requires you to find a black box at the crashed plane site. Here’s how you can get this done.

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Fortnite black box location

One of Fortnite’s Season 5 Week 9 challenges requires you to find a black box at the crashed plane site. We’ve made it easier to find with the help of a useful map.

Fortnite Season 5 is set to end on March 16, and we’re now in week 9 of the update. This means that there are brand new weekly challenges for you to complete, and you have the opportunity to progress through the Battle Pass.

Week 9’s challenges are simple compared to previous weeks since you’ll mostly do tasks like dealing damage in water and shaking down IO Guards. One of these Epic Quests requires you to find a crashed plane’s black box.

Where to find the black box in Fortnite Season 5

To find the black box, you’ll have to make your way towards the location of the crashed plane, which is at the northwesternmost point of the map. It’s close to the Coral Castle POI on Fortnite Island.

It’s likely that you’ve already been to this area before since it’s usually rich in loot for you to collect. That leads to it also being filled with a high amount of player traffic, so you should be ready for a battle when you head over there.

We’ve made things a bit easier for you by marking the exact location on the map below.

Black box location in Fortnite Season 5

The plane has been split into three parts, and you can find the black box near the middle section. Head over to the marked spot on the map, and you’ll be able to interact with it. That will result in you receiving 20,000 XP in the challenge.

At the moment, we don’t know for sure if this crashed plane will have some sort of major relevance to future events in the battle royale, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if it did. Stealthy Stronghold ended up being tied to the Predator crossover.

That wraps up this relatively simple challenge. You can earn some serious XP, and unlock brand new cosmetics by completing Epic and Legendary quests, so be sure to check out our Fortnite Season 5 Week 9 challenges guide.

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Where to find Hidden Bunkers for Fortnite Week 9 challenge

Fortnite Season 5 Week 9’s challenge has players visit a hidden bunker, so here’s where to find them in Chapter 2.

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Fortnite Season 5’s Week 9 Quests ask you to find a hidden bunker, so here are the locations for all three on the Fortnite map.

Bunkers have been a source of intrigue for Fortnite players since Chapter 1 when a mysterious bunker door arrived in Weeping Woods. No matter how the map changed, the bunker remained.

When the original map was destroyed and Fortnite moved onto a new island, these bunkers returned. Still, nobody knows what these bunkers are for, but with us only being a few weeks away from Season 6, perhaps we’ll know the answer then.

The Season 5 Week 9 challenges, which begin on January 28, ask players to visit one of these bunkers for 20,000 XP, so here are their locations.

Fortnite Hidden Bunker locations

There are three bunkers spread out across the Fortnite Chapter 2 map, and all of them difficult to find if you don’t know where to go. One is hidden underwater, one under a shack, and the last behind a bush at the very edge of the map.

To make things easy for you, we’ve put together a map showing where these bunkers are.

Fortnite bunker locations

The first bunker is in the bay off the coast directly to the south of Holly Hedges. Swim out to sea as if you’re going off the map, and dive under the water and you’ll find the hidden bunker.

The second bunker is found at the very north of the map on the island to the north-west of Craggy Cliffs. It will be found under a shack on the east side of the island. Simply break open the wall underneath the shack and you’ll have found the bunker.

The third bunker is on the cliffs to the south-east of Retail Row. Go along the cliffs to the east of Retail Row and you’ll stumble upon a large bush in-between two trees. Destroy the bush and you’ll find the bunker underneath.

The leaked Quests ask you to ‘”Find a hidden bunker???” so the first bunker may be the only one that will work for this challenge, as it pings with ‘???’ when you first visit it. So we recommend visiting this bunker first, but any of the three will likely work.

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