Dozens of high-priced listings for iPhones with the banned Fortnite video game appear on eBay.
Most ads cost in the thousands of pounds – the highest being $ 10,000.
This follows the shock ban on Fortnite by Apple and Google last week, which saw the game withdrawn from sale on the iPhone App Store and the Android Play Store.
This means that it is impossible to download Fortnite through these app stores.
However, handsets with Fortnite still installed are sold for thousands of pounds online.
Most ads are between $ 2,000 and $ 7,000.
That’s well above the typical price of a used iPhone, which can range from a few hundred pounds to just over $ 1,000, depending on the model.
It seems that few “Fortnite handsets” are actually selling for these dramatically inflated prices.
But The Sun saw a “completed list” – meaning the product was sold and shipped – for $ 3,800 in the United States.
Selling a handset with Fortnite installed might sound like a good idea, but it’s actually very risky.
To keep Fornite on the iPhone, you need to stay signed in to your account.
This means that the person you sell the iPhone to will have access to your account, files, and more.
Equally dangerous is buying a handset with Fortnite installed.
A seller could log you out of their account at a later date, removing your access to the game, making your purchase unnecessary.
Apple and Google banned Fortnite from their app stores last week.
Fortnite developer Epic Games is suing the companies over the restrictions, which were issued after Epic violated payment guidelines in the app.
Apple and Google on Thursday cited a direct payment feature deployed on the Fortnite app as the violation.
Previously, Epic used integrated payment systems that gave Google and Apple a significant chunk of funds generated from player purchases.
Epic has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court asking not for money from Apple or Google, but instead injunctions that would end many of the practices of corporate app stores.
California companies have come under fire in recent years for exploiting so-called “monopolies” in which they stifle competition and drastically reduce sales through their app stores.
“Apple has become what it used to go after: the juggernaut seeking to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation,” Epic said in its lawsuit against Apple, filed in the Northern District of California .
“Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched and more pernicious than the monopolies of yesteryear.”
In a separate lawsuit against Google, Epic referred to the company’s now infamous mantra, “Don’t Be Evil.”
“Twenty-two years later, Google has relegated its motto to almost an afterthought.”
Epic also attacked Apple on social media, launching a campaign with the hashtag #FreeFortnite.
The company urged gamers to request a refund from Apple if they lose access to the game and created a parody of Apple’s famous “1984” TV commercial.
In the parody, which quickly garnered hundreds of thousands of views, a Fortnite fighter throws a unicorn-shaped mace to smash a screen on which an Apple-headed character talks about “the anniversary of the unification guidelines of the platform “.
Apple takes a 15-30% discount for most app subscriptions and payments made inside apps.
There are a few exceptions for businesses that already have a credit card on file for iPhone customers if they also offer in-app payment that would benefit Apple.
Analysts believe games are the biggest contributor to spending within the App Store, which in turn is the largest component of Apple’s $ 46 billion a year (Â£ 35 billion) service segment. ).
In a statement, Apple said Fortnite was removed because Epic launched the payment feature with “the express intention of violating App Store guidelines” after having had apps in the store for a decade.
“The fact that their business interests (Epic) now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users,” he said. Apple said.
Google also removed Fortnite from its Play Store, but company spokesperson Dan Jackson declined to comment on the lawsuit when contacted by Reuters.
âHowever, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play,â he said in a statement.
Jackson said Epic broke a rule requiring developers to use Google’s in-app billing system for video game products.
In other news, a mom was devastated after her Fortnite addicted son spent $ 20,000 on Twitch streamers.
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