Fortnite is now available on iOS, but please don't play it in class

The iOS version of Fortnite that Epic announced last week is now free for everyone. It's the Battle Royale version of the game (which is the one most people are interested in anyway) with the "same gameplay, same map, same weekly updates," and crossplay with the PC version, but there are a couple of things you should be aware of before you rush off to grab it. 

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First, it will only work on specific devices: the iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8, and X, and the iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017, and Pro. The iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, and iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, and iPod Touch will not run it. Support for Android devices is in the works and should be available "within the next few months."  

Second—and this one is really important—Mr. Hillman does not want you playing the game in class. That message comes to us by way of a deleted message posted to Reddit, preserved for all time by IGN, in which the aforementioned educator says he loves the game and plays it regularly with his friends, but can't get his students to knock it off.   

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"Idk if it's possible, but I told them I'd write you and they didn't believe me," Mr. Hillman wrote. "Could you add this to the loading screen for a couple of days to mess with them? 'Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class'." 

Consider yourselves warned. 

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.