iOS 13 Feature hinders Gaming experience for PUBG and Fortnite

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Just a couple of days ago, we got the official OTA update of iOS 13 for iPhones. This was, without doubt, one of the most heavily anticipated updates from the brand and it did bring in some important and cool features. However, things don’t seem to be great for people who like to play Battle Royale games on their iPhone, particularly Fortnite and PUBG as using three fingers during gameplay triggers a gesture in the new operating system.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, iOS 13 comes with a preinstalled gesture that’s activated by a three-fingered swipe on the screen. What it does is open a floating toolbar that has text editing utilities. While that may be convenient for you when you’re actually editing texts, it may cost you a Victory Royale or Chicken Dinner if it opens during gameplay. What’s wore is that there’s no way to turn it off or disable it.

Things started to get serious when some mobile gamers started posting screenshots online complaining about this issue. As the number of complaints increased, developers of the respective game started to take notice. Tencent Games, the company that developed PUBG, has added an announcement on the iOS version of the game, which appears every time you start it up.

It says, “We are aware of an issue for players who upgraded to iOS 13.0, where touching the screen with 3 fingers will trigger an iOS function and interrupt the game.

We have already raised the issue with Apple, and we will continue working with them to resolve the issue. We suggest players who play the game with 3 or more fingers do not upgrade to iOS 13.0 until this issue is resolved.

Thank you for your understanding.


While we’re glad that team PUBG has given its word on resolving this issue, the same can’t be said about team Fortnite. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, hasn’t issued a statement regarding this on any platform, which does make you question the customer support of this popular Battle Royale game.

The good news, however, is that this issue won’t remain for long. Users of iOS 13.1 Beta have acknowledged that the text editor bug has been fixed and they haven’t had any issue playing these games so far. So, in case you’re an iPhone user who hasn’t updated to iOS 13 so far, just wait a bit. Let iOS 13.1 rollout, patching all the bugs, the upgrade to get the best possible experience.

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