Over the past few days, iPhone owners have been trying to sell their smartphones on eBay at significant premiums. Their major selling point? The opportunity to keep playing Fortnite.
A growing number of eBay listings are now pitching iPhones with Fortnite still installed. Most of the smartphones are being sold for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more than consumers can currently buy iPhones for in stores. But with the option to play Fortnite still available on those phones, sellers reason that they’re more valuable.
One seller is offering an iPhone 11 with 64GB of storage for $4,000. The listing doesn’t include a picture of the iPhone, which typically costs $699, but does feature screenshots of the Fortnite app and in-game content. Another seller is pitching an iPhone 6S with a “slightly cracked screen” for $450.
The iPhone selling bonanza kicked off after Epic Games last week balked at the 30% fees Apple and Google charge for transactions made through their marketplaces. The tech giants responded by banning Fortnite from their stores and stopping users from being able to download Fortnite to iPhone and Android phones. Those who had already run Fortnite on their handsets, however, could continue to play and use the game.
In a statement last week, Epic said that players who have Fortnite running on their phones shouldn’t have any trouble playing already downloaded content. But when Chapter 2, Season 4 starts next week, mobile users will not have access to “any new content or the new Battle Pass,” Epic said.
Epic has filed for a preliminary injunction to stop Apple from removing its access to Mac and iOS users, which could allow Fortnite to at least temporarily find its way back to the App Store. For now, though, options are limited for playing Fortnite on mobile.
Still, buying an overpriced iPhone is not the only solution to getting a mobile Fortnite fix. Players who have downloaded Fortnite in the past but have since removed it from their iPhones can still download the game to their devices via the “My Purchases” menu in Apple’s App Store. But as with anything else in this saga, it’s unknown how long that loophole will last until Apple closes it.