Soulja Boy has made headlines at the start of 2019 over his blatant knock off consoles, but his claim that his next console release will run Fortnite has prompted a response from Epic Games themselves.
Soulja Boy, a Chicago rapper who has made somewhat of a resurgence in late 2018 - early 2019 thanks to controversial product releases and media appearances, continues to expand his ambition in the console gaming market.
His 'SouljaGame' console was removed from sale after rumors spread that Nintendo were gearing up for a lawsuit, as the console was said to use illegal emulation software - essentially copies of the Nintendo Wii U and GameBoy consoles.
However, even the threat of a lawsuit from a company the size of Nintendo hasn't deterred Soulja Boy's ambitions, as he has claimed in an interview on Complex's Everyday Struggle that his next console will be the best yet.
Controversially, he also claimed that it would run Fortnite, the world's most popular game, but in order for a game to be available on any platform it must be licensed by the publisher.
Unsurprisingly, Fortnite publisher Epic Games, in a statement to DualShockers, suggested it was unlikely to ever feature on Soulja Boy's console as anti-cheat measures prevent it being played on a 'jailbroken device'.
You can’t play Fortnite on a rooted or jailbroken device due to anti-cheat measures.
However, Epic Games PR Nick Chester did say that they know nothing about the exact device in question - so perhaps there is still hope for Soulja Boy's Fortnite dreams?
We don’t know anything about the device, and I didn’t shut down anything. I answered a question on a topic we’ve already been clear on and is known.
— Nick Chester (@nickchester) January 19, 2019
Despite (or thanks to) the controversy surrounding his console, Soulja Boy has been creating a strong buzz around his name once more.
He has even lashed out at both Ariana Grande and Drake for 'stealing his flow' on songs, and the writer of Grande's latest single even confirmed that they were inspired by Soulja Boy's song.
Top YouTuber PewDiePie also discussed the ongoing Soulja Boy madness in his January 18 video, calling him out for clearly knock-off consoles.
You can watch Soulja Boy's appearance on Everyday Struggle below.