Their news post (linked in second post) says 6 weeks for the bonus loot. With more events to come.
I tried the workaround, cannot send out invites unless I sign into shift in the main menu - even after turning my internet back on.
Works with LAN but not friend only\invite modes unfortunately. Spamming Play results in the same functionality; can’t set the game mode to invite only\friends only after creating a session.
Thanks for the info about it downloading hotfixes through the main menu. I’ll keep trying to break it