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An iPhone with Fortnite installed has sold for $8,000

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What you need to know

  • An iPhone with Fortnite still installed has sold on eBay for $8,000.
  • Listings surfaced for the phones last week after Fortnite was removed from Apple's App Store.
  • Epic Games breached Apple's App Store policy by including a new method of payment.

A week after listings for the devices appeared, an iPhone with Fortnite installed appears to have sold on eBay for $8,000.

Last week, phones with Fortnite installed on them surfaced on eBay after the game was removed from Apple's App Store. Now, eBay records show that several iPhones have now sold (opens in new tab), including one that went for $8,000.

As reported by Tech Times, the original listing for an iPhone XS Max (256GB) had a start price of $4,000 (opens in new tab), but someone has gone ahead and just paid the $8,000 'Buy It Now' price. The item was sold Thursday, August 20. Other phones sold for $5,000, $4,750, $3,999 and $2,000.

Fortnite was removed from the App Store after Epic tried to include a new payment method on its mobile apps that breached App Store guidelines. The same happened on Google's Play Store, and the move served as a platform to launch a lawsuit against both companies for their alleged monopolies over software distribution on their respective platforms.

Fortnite is also holding a #FreeFortnite Cup, including a new 'Tart Tycoon' outfit, clearly a caricature of Tim Cook, the character which appeared in Epic's spoof version of Apple's 1984 commercial, 'nineteen eighty-Fortnite.' From that report:

While Fortnite is still technically playable on iOS, it won't be receiving any more updates. That means iOS players will be stuck on Chapter 2 - Season 3 and won't be able to play against people on other platforms who will get the update. (The app was also removed from the Google Play Store, but Android users can still sideload the game by getting it directly through Epic or other stores.)The #FreeFortnite cup will be held on Aug. 23, just four days before Chapter 2 - Season 4 is expected to launch and will be available to all players.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.