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Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of 88gadget.info. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on 88gadget.info since 2012.

Epic uses Apple’s own 1984 ad against it over Fortnite lawsuit

Epic uses Apple’s own 1984 ad against it over Fortnite lawsuit

It's been a busy day for Apple and Epic Game. This morning, Epic rolled out a new direct payment feature in the iOS and Android versions of Fortnite. This, as you might have already guessed from the phrase "direct payment," allowed Epic to sidestep the App Store and Google Play Store, keeping the 30% cut that both stores would have taken on any and all in-app purchases.

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Apple deleted Fortnite from the App Store [Update: Epic sues Apple]

Apple deleted Fortnite from the App Store [Update: Epic sues Apple]

Earlier today, Epic rolled out a new direct payment method for Fortnite on iOS and Android. With this new system, Fortnite players have the option of paying Epic directly for in-game purchases in exchange for a 20% discount on the items or V-Bucks they're buying. That's a big perk for players, and if they end up paying Epic directly, the company avoids using the App Store and Google Play Store as payment processors - and the 30% fee that Apple and Google skim off the top.

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Fall Guys players get free stuff after launch week server woes

Fall Guys players get free stuff after launch week server woes

At this point, it's clear that Fall Guys is a very popular game. Not only is it inescapable on streaming sites like Twitch, but for the game's first week following release, the servers often buckled under the sheer number of players trying to find a match. Those who contended with spotty servers throughout the first week are getting some goodies today, which are offered on the house as an apology from the developers.

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Civilization VI arrives on Android after a very long wait

Civilization VI arrives on Android after a very long wait

Civilization VI first launched on PC and Mac in 2016, and in the four years since then, we've seen it come to a bunch of other platforms. The game launched on iPad in 2017, on iOS and Switch in 2018, and then on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2019. Firaxis and Aspyr - the company that largely handles the porting duties for Civ VI - have covered a lot of ground in these four years, but eagle-eyed readers (or those who read the title) will see there's a platform missing from that lineup: Android.

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Epic Games offers giant discounts in Fortnite to beat Apple

Epic Games offers giant discounts in Fortnite to beat Apple

Epic Games made a couple of big announcements today related to mobile payments and Fortnite discounts. First and foremost, Epic announced "up to 20% savings on V-Bucks and real-money offers for every purchase," across all of Fortnite's platforms. That's a fairly hefty discount, and it looks like it's kicking in today.

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Apple subscription bundles may finally arrive with iPhone 12

Apple subscription bundles may finally arrive with iPhone 12

For a number of years now, Apple has been building out its subscription offerings. It seems like Apple has a subscription for pretty much everything these days, whether it's news, music, games, and now even TV, and it's a lot to keep up with if you're waist-deep in the Apple ecosystem. Apple may be looking to simplify the subscription process by rolling out a number of bundles, much in the same way Amazon bundles its various services with Prime.

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Sony giving some DualShock 4 colors an encore this month

Sony giving some DualShock 4 colors an encore this month

Throughout the current generation, Sony has released a number of DualShock 4 controller variants. In all, the company says that it has released 25 different colors around the world, with the selection seemingly rotating on a fairly consistent basis. If there's a color variation you like but never manged to get your hands on the first time around, then you might like to know that Sony is bringing back certain colors this month.

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Forza Horizon 3 is about to disappear for good

Forza Horizon 3 is about to disappear for good

The Forza Horizon series has proven to be a very popular one for Microsoft, but it seems that the sun is about to set on Forza Horizon 3. Today, Microsoft and Playground Games announced that Forza Horizon 3 is entering its end-of-life phase, which means it won't be available to purchase for much longer. It's actually being removed from sale next month, along with all of the DLC that has been released for the game.

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S000 Game Festival returns this autumn with more demos to play for free

S000 Game Festival returns this autumn with more demos to play for free

With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing video game events and press shows to a screeching halt, Geoff Keighley - best known as the face of The Game Awards - has stepped in to organize the Summer Game Fest. This months-long digital event was meant to act as a stand-in for shows like E3 and Gamescom, offering not only game reveals, but also a chance to play some demos of upcoming games through partnerships with platform holders.

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Fall Guys first update lands today with a new stage in tow

Fall Guys first update lands today with a new stage in tow

Fall Guys launched a little over a week ago, and already the game is getting its very first update. Most importantly, this update adds a new minigame to the rotation, and it's one that beta players will already be familiar with. Aside from the new stage, this update seems like a relatively small one, which makes sense considering the game has only been out for a week at this point.

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Surface Duo release date, price revealed with Snapdragon 855, no 5G

Surface Duo release date, price revealed with Snapdragon 855, no 5G

After a long build up and a lot of teasing, Microsoft has officially unveiled the Surface Duo. We're learning all about the dual-screen Android device today, with Microsoft sharing full tech specifications, pricing, and which carriers the Surface Duo will be available on. As you might expect, the Surface Duo is going to be a pretty expensive device given its dual-screen build.

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Halo Infinite delayed: Will miss Xbox Series X launch

Halo Infinite delayed: Will miss Xbox Series X launch

It looks like Xbox Series X is going to be launching without its biggest franchise in tow. Today, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced that Halo Infinite has been delayed. Originally slated to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X (and release on the Xbox One simultaneously, for that matter), Halo Infinite now won't be launching until sometime in 2021.

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