Yesterday gamers were able to sign up for Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS exciting thousands of fans who just can’t get enough of it.
However, scammers have been targeting these gamers looking to play Fortnite on their iPhones taking advantage of its huge popularity.
According to The Sun, scammers are tricking players into handing over cash for fake iPhone download codes despite the fact the game is being released on mobile for free.
From March 12, players could sign up online to receive an invitation code that will let them play the new mobile version of the game.
However, there was much confusion surrounding the launch leaving gamers vulnerable to scammers.
Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, have confirmed that codes will not be issued until later this week warning people to beware of scammers.
One apparent scammer known as ‘Haziario’ is using a photoshopped photo of an iPhone screen that has been made to look like the Fortnite app is already installed:
I can’t believe I got a Fortnite Mobile iOS invite!
I’m going to giveaway TWO friend codes to anyone that…
… – Retweets this Tweet
– Follows Me
– PayPal’s ([email protected]) $3
First come, first serve⭐️
Good luck ?? pic.twitter.com/Z6sHPayrUr
— Harry (@_haziario) March 13, 2018
Including links to a PayPal email address, the Twitter user asked for $3 per code.
Another user posted a similar photo along with their PayPal details asking for $10 for a code.
Also on Twitter, ‘Kisukegives’ asked gamers to hand over money in exchange for a code but did not list a price:
Selling fortnite mobile invite
DM to BUY ASAP pic.twitter.com/O9yycNLPL3
— Kisuke (@kisukegives) March 13, 2018
If you do receive a code later on in the week, you will be able to invite a few friends to play on the iPhone version with you but these have not yet been released.
So if you see anyone selling their ‘codes’ on Twitter, then these people are scammers.
Some of these people are so desperate they are even requesting followers or retweets in exchange for a code.
Although Epic haven’t released a statement yet addressing the scams, they have warned gamers that so far no codes have been sent out.
They wrote on Twitter:
We have not sent out any mobile invites yet.
Please be aware of false mobile download links. Our official URLs are Fornite.com and EpicGames.com.
We have not sent out any mobile invites yet.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 13, 2018
If you are unfamiliar with Fortnite, Battle Royale is a hugely popular video game that sees up to 100 players dropped onto an island.
A multiplayer sandbox survival game, players then have to battle it out until only one last gamer is standing.
Currently available on Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC and Mac, on March 9 Epic Games announced it was coming to mobile.
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In a blog post, the game’s development team wrote:
On phones and tablets, Fortnite is the same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac.
Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates.
In partnership with Sony, Fortnite Battle Royale will support Cross Play and Cross Progression between PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS and eventually Android.
This means players across devices can squad up with friends and play together.
The game has been incredibly popular since its release last year, with a seemingly eternal battle raging online about the merits of Fortnite versus another battle royale style game PUBG.
However, it has received criticism for making kids too addicted getting complaints from parents saying their children have even neglected family life as a result of the game.
One mum is even calling on the video game to be banned because she believes she’s ‘lost’ her 10-year-old son to it.
Leo appeared alongside his mum, Suzanne, on ITV‘s This Morning as she told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby he now finds ‘normal life boring by comparison’, and said his moods had changed since he started playing the game.
You can watch her interview here:
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Before [Fortnite] he’d go up for an hour to play on his Xbox then he’d come back down and join in with the family.
But then Fortnite came along, it’s [for age 12s] and Leo’s nearly 11, I’m not super strict.
It took a couple of weeks. I’m strict with time, two hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I never had to enforce that with Fifa, but with this, I’d go up at 7.45pm and he’d be yelling he’s not ready.
I had to tell him you’re not acting the way you normally act. The game is so full of energy and adrenaline that when you pull them off, they’re screaming at the television; they’re hiding, they’re calling each other, they’re living in it with their friends.
Her comments received a mixed reaction from audiences who either agreed with Suzanne or called on her to be tougher with her son.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.