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Epic is embroiled in a bitter legal battle with Apple and Google over the 30% slice of in-app purchases they take from apps like Fortnite.

To get the Tart Tycoon skin, all you need to do is play half an hour of Fortnite on August 23, the day of the #FreeFortnite tournament.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney previously said that Epic was not seeking a special deal from Apple and was instead fighting for "open platforms and policy changes equally benefiting all developers", but it appears that Epic did attempt to establish a unique relationship with Apple prior to when the lawsuit was filed.

The lawsuit is based around Google's effective app store monopoly and how they make it hard for sideloading of apps and other app stores along with their "anti-competitive practices" such as taking a 30 percent split of all purchases on the Play Store and a minimal pricing of 99 cents for any product.

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Apple on Friday shot back at Epic Games in a legal filing, likening the Fortnite creator to a "shoplifter" and disputing the gaming company's claims that it did not want a "special deal" on the App Store. Along with the pending account termination, Epic is not able to update Fortnite, which means that existing iOS users will not be able to take advantage of the next season of the game launching on August 27.

The Epic Team have their puns loaded and ready, and announced on their site that the tournament will include "all of your friends, awesome prizes, and one bad apple".

Apple, in particular, has been in the spotlight numerous times due to its policy on in-app purchases. Epic filed the complaint after baiting Apple to remove Fortnite from the App Store through a direct violation of its developer guidelines.

For four hours, eligible players have the opportunity to win prizes in the #FreeFortnite Cup. The cup will begin on August 23 and will include the chance to win the Tart Tycoon Outfit, the real-life #FreeFortnite adjustable hat, and one of 1,200 pieces of gaming hardware.

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Epic Games have announced the #FreeFortnite Cup Tournament and a chance to get the Tart Tycoon Fortnite skin for free. Even when describing the prizes available to players, Epic Games is highlighting its problems with Apple. Epic is giving away 1,200 pieces of gaming hardware, including the Alienware Gaming Laptop, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, OnePlus 8, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch, to the top players. Compete as a Solo player in up to 12 matches. Top players will also get physical rewards including gaming hardware. Players will earn one point for every three minutes spent in a battle royale.

While announcing the tournament, Epic Games also shared information on how iOS Fortnite players can migrate platforms.

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