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Now Game Developers Have To Ask Fans Not To Harass Them Over The Epic Store

Now Game Developers Have To Ask Fans Not To Harass Them Over The Epic Store

One of the easiest bits of news to miss on Monday’s Gamescom Opening Night Live show was tucked away in an ad for the Epic Games Store. A simple sizzle reel that showcased a number of games exclusive to the controversial digital PC game storefront included an upcoming indie that previously wasn’t in Epic’s roster: Oddworld Soulstorm. Shortly after, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning posted a...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 07, 2019. 6 comments

Rocket League Is Ditching Loot Boxes

Rocket League Is Ditching Loot Boxes

Psyonix announced in a blog today that its car soccer game Rocket League will be leaving loot boxes behind in a move aimed at “creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world.”

The change will happen sometime before the end of the year with a new system coming in to replace the game’s existing randomized lottery. Instead of earning loot boxes by playing and then having...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 06, 2019. 24 comments

Epic Pledges To Support Developers After Intense Harassment Of Ooblets Team

Epic Pledges To Support Developers After Intense Harassment Of Ooblets Team

By now, you probably know the drill: A developer announces that it will sell the PC version of its game exclusively through the Epic Games Store. Cue wailing, gnashing of teeth , and increasingly, harassment from folks used to smashing that “buy” button on Steam. The latest target of Epic exclusivity ire? The developers of Ooblets, who tried to get out in front of the inevitable stampede of...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 02, 2019. 12 comments

Ooblets Is Epic Exclusive, Developer Puts Expected Backlash In Perspective

Ooblets Is Epic Exclusive, Developer Puts Expected Backlash In Perspective

Ooblets is one of those games that just oozes effortless charm. It’s not even out yet, but the gooey, chewy mash up of Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, and Pokémon has already earned its fair share of salivating admirers. Today, the game’s developers announced that, on PC, Ooblets will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. In an attempt to meet the inevitable backlash head on, they explained their...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 26, 2019. 11 comments

The $30 Million Fortnite World Cup Kicks Off Today

The $30 Million Fortnite World Cup Kicks Off Today

The event that competitive Fortnite players have been waiting for finally gets underway today at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Hundreds of pros will be present at the three-day Fortnite World Cup, and thousands or millions more will be watching. When all is said and done a few will end up a whole lot richer.

The event will begin with an opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. ET. Nobody...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 20, 2019. 5 comments

Fortnite Leakers Band Together To Swear Off Spoiling This Weekend's Big Event

Fortnite Leakers Band Together To Swear Off Spoiling This Weekend's Big Event

In these days of rampant data mining, few things are ever truly surprises. Even Fortnite’s seemingly endless parade of (often literal) bashes isn’t immune, with big moments like the Tilted-Towers-leveling Vault event getting spoiled before players could experience them firsthand. This weekend, though, longtime leakers—people with the word “leak” front and center in their handles—have decided...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 10, 2019.

Middle Eastern Fortnite Players Start Massive Protest For Dedicated Servers

Middle Eastern <i>Fortnite </i>Players Start Massive Protest For Dedicated Servers

Alaa “DvLZStaTioN” Ebrahim has been missing his sniper shots. The popular Fortnite YouTuber, who has three million subscribers, says it’s not his fault. Nor are the times when his opponents’ shots hit him even as he moves away from the rain of bullets. Ebrahim, who lives in Bahrain, a small island country in the Middle East, thinks an unfair hand has been dealt to him and the millions of...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 07, 2019. 22 comments

Banned Fortnite Streamer Admits He's 12, Streams On YouTube With His Mom Supervising [UPDATED]

Banned Fortnite Streamer Admits He's 12, Streams On YouTube With His Mom Supervising [UPDATED]

A pro Fortnite player signed to the esports organization FaZe Clan, who was recently banned from Twitch for being under the age of 13, has admitted that he is, in fact, 12 years old. The streamer, named Patrick, aka “H1ghSky1,” has now moved his stream to YouTube, with his mom occasionally supervising on camera.

The controversy over Patrick’s age came to light as part of a lawsuit brought...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 06, 2019. 14 comments

After Swiping Lots Of Fortnite Dances From Black Artists, Epic Finally Teams Up With One

After Swiping Lots Of Fortnite Dances From Black Artists, Epic Finally Teams Up With One

Fortnite has been a colossal success for publisher Epic Games, but Epic has not made a habit of sharing that notoriety with the predominantly black artists whose dances helped turn it into a global phenomenon. This has led to (for-now dropped) lawsuits from the likes of rapper 2 Milly and Fresh Prince actor Alfonso Ribeiro, both of whom created dances featured in the game. Now, Epic finally...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 05, 2019. 17 comments

Top Fortnite Streamers Aren't Happy Epic Scheduled Two Big Events On The Same Day [Update]

Top Fortnite Streamers Aren't Happy Epic Scheduled Two Big Events On The Same Day [Update]

Fortnite has a big weekend coming up later this month. On June 15 and 16, Epic is hosting its second Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am, a Los Angeles event where top players and celebrities team up and face off in a big, flashy tournament. Itsy-bitsy problem: The Pro-Am overlaps with the final week of online duos qualifiers for Fortnite’s World Cup. Top streamers such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins—the...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 25, 2019. 18 comments

Dauntless Struggled With Online Issues In Its First Week, But Things Are Finally Improving

Dauntless Struggled With Online Issues In Its First Week, But Things Are Finally Improving

Dauntless, an online multiplayer game inspired by Monster Hunter that officially released earlier this week, has been slammed with matchmaking issues and server problems in its opening days, but its developers say things will get better.

After launching in alpha in 2017, Dauntless finally came out of Early Access on May 21, arriving for the first time on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in addition...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson May 17, 2019. 24 comments

Publishers Pull Their Games From Epic's Store During Its Big Sale

Publishers Pull Their Games From Epic's Store During Its Big Sale

Earlier today, Epic once again took a page from Steam’s book and announced a “mega sale” that includes both percentage discounts and an additional $10 off every game priced $14.99 or higher on the Epic Games Store. It seemed to be smooth sailing for the sale, but then two major games suddenly vanished from the store.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, the upcoming action RPG, disappeared...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra May 17, 2019. 11 comments

Fortnite's New John Wick Mode Is Basically Just Fortnite With Nice Suits

Fortnite's New John Wick Mode Is Basically Just Fortnite With Nice Suits

Fortnite Battle Royale is having a tie-in event with the movie John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, offering a limited time mode and sleek new skins. The mode, called Wick’s Bounty, doesn’t feel like it has much to do with John Wick—who I once saw kill three men in a bar with a pencil—but it is packed with more than enough gunfights to spice up your Fortnite matches.

Considering how much of a...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio May 16, 2019. 21 comments

Upstart Epic PC Store Launches Its First Steam-Style Mega Sale

Upstart Epic PC Store Launches Its First Steam-Style Mega Sale

Epic Games’ store has announced its own take on the Steam Summer Sale—the latest spoonful of Steam’s game-selling pie that Epic has shoveled directly into its mouth. The move comes over a month before Steam typically offers its famous Summer Sale.

The Epic Mega Sale, launched today, is discounting games up to 75 percent. Right now, Oxenfree, Transistor, Subnautica, The Witness, and What...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 11, 2019. 4 comments

Competitive Fortnite Is About To Experiment With Controlled Chaos

Competitive Fortnite Is About To Experiment With Controlled Chaos

Last weekend, a vault opened beneath Loot Lake in Fortnite. Players were given the option of bringing back one of the game’s previously retired weapons. They chose the Drum Gun, one of the most overpowered weapons in the game’s history. Then, on Thursday, Epic announced the Drum Gun would be coming to the game’s tournament playlist starting this weekend, much to the frustration of some of the...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra May 10, 2019. 11 comments

Nothing Lasts Forever In Fortnite

Nothing Lasts Forever In Fortnite

Fortnite Battle Royale’s season nine has transformed the game’s world once again, with a futuristic Tilted Towers and trippy, robotic character outfits. It’s also brought balance changes, including the curious decision to retire one of the game’s oldest weapons. The pump shotgun is going in the vault, and it’s a reminder that nothing really lasts in Fortnite.

The pump shotgun was vaulted, or...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 02, 2019. 8 comments

Video Of Odd Behavior In Fortnite Match Leads To Accusations That Pro Was Cheating [Update]

Video Of Odd Behavior In Fortnite Match Leads To Accusations That Pro Was Cheating [Update]

Earlier this week, Fortnite pro Damion “XXiF” Cook was accused of colluding with other players during a World Cup open qualifier match in which he took second place, earning $4,000 in prize money and a spot in the eventual finals this summer in New York. In a statement, XXiF denied any wrongdoing, but that hasn’t stopped calls for him to be banned amid a climate in which fears about cheating...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Apr 23, 2019. 20 comments

Report: Fortnite Developers Describe Severe Ongoing Crunch

Report: Fortnite Developers Describe Severe Ongoing Crunch

Crunch is a widespread disease in the gaming industry, sometimes forcing developers to pull 16-hour workdays or six-day work weeks to finish a game on an over-ambitious timeline. Today, a new report from Polygon detailed how the developers of Fortnite, a game that technically is never finished , can suffer through crunch to keep the blockbuster battle royale game’s constant flow of content...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Apr 13, 2019. 16 comments

Cyber-Attackers Are Making Phony Epic Games Accounts With Other People's Emails

Cyber-Attackers Are Making Phony Epic Games Accounts With Other People's Emails

For months, an unspecified number of users trying to register an account with Epic Games have found that their e-mail addresses were somehow already linked to accounts. Today, Epic Games told Kotaku that the culprit is an ongoing cyber attack and that the company is working to delete those accounts, though they would not say how many people were affected.

“I recently went to create an Epic...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Apr 04, 2019. 19 comments

Epic Bans Stretched Screen Resolutions From Fortnite Tournaments, Upsetting Pros

Epic Bans Stretched Screen Resolutions From Fortnite Tournaments, Upsetting Pros

Fortnite, like life, is full of mysteries. Why do we build if we’re only going to destroy? Can taking countless lives to survive a bloodbath really be considered a victory or, indeed, royale? What’s the deal with this tomato guy? Why is he smiling? What does he know? Then there’s the biggest question of all: Does playing with a stretched resolution actually confer an in-game advantage? Epic,...

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