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Every Fortnite Season 2 map change revealed

Published: 20/Feb/2020 11:08

by Matt Porter

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Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 is finally here and Epic Games have made a host of changes to the game’s map following the 12.00 update on Thursday, February 20.

After the game’s longest season ever, Epic Games launched their ‘Top Secret’ new season, based around a group of secret agents who are sure to play a major role in the future of the game.

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As always, Epic Games have made a number of major changes to the battle royale map with the introduction of Season 2, with plenty of new locations to explore, including a yacht, and some secret bases for the new agents who have taken over the Fortnite island.

You can view the Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 map below. A number of areas have received a revamp, including the middle island which has a large base on it, an underground helipad on the east coast of the map, and a structure that has appeared off the south-west coast near Slurpy Swamp.

Fortnite Season 2 map changes

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 map.
Epic Games
A full look at the Season 2 Fortnite map.

Helicopter Pad

One of the most interesting new additions to the Fortnite map is an underground helicopter pad that has been constructed on the east coast of the island.

A massive hole has opened up in the ground, with players able to jump down and explore the new location, complete with water in the bottom, and a building where the vehicle can land. Whether helicopters are actually in the new update remains to be seen.

Fortnite's helipad from Season 2.
Epic Games
An underground helipad has appeared in the game.

Oil Rig

An Oil Rig has also appeared on the south-west side of the map, sitting just off the edge of the map close to Slurpy Swamp. The location is made up of two joined platforms, with a bridge connecting the two, and massive cranes on either side.

Fortnite's Season 2 Oil Rig
Epic Games
An Oil Rig has appeared off the coast of the island.

Yacht

A yacht has also appeared in the water, allowing players to land here and investigate the luxury boat while taking down enemies on the high seas.

Fortnite's Yacht from Chapter 2, Season 2.
Epic Games
Players can land onboard the yacht.

Shark Building

There’s also a new building on the cluster of islands in the top-left corner of the map, with a modern home appearing alongside a massive shark head that’s been carved out of rock.

Fortnite's Shark Head island.
Epic Games
A modern house has sprouted up on the shark-head island.

New locations and changes are constantly being discovered, and we’ll continue to update this article as they become available.

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Travis Scott’s huge Fortnite payout said to top Nike, McDonald’s collabs

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:27

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott, rapper and cultural icon, has continually upped the ante for creatives worldwide with his collaborations. According to recent reports, his Epic Games collab on a Fortnite concert is among La Flame’s most profitable ever.

Known personally as Jacques Berman Webster II, professionally as Travis Scott, and during concerts, simply as La Flame, the illustrious rapper has set a stratospheric bar for media collaborations. With his “Cactus Jack” Nike sneakers running wallets dry and his McDonald’s burgers emptying stock, fans might be surprised to find out how closely they were rivaled by his Fortnite profits.

Those profits included merchandise sales, no surprise considering Scott’s successful clothing and pop culture endeavors. Although it was just a nine-minute virtual concert, reports indicate that the 28-year-old rapper earned more from the collab than he did from any of his individual Astroworld tour dates.

According to sources of Forbes’ Abram Brown, Scott “grossed roughly $20 million” from the collaboration with Epic Games (including merchandise sales). Considering the deal’s length, it reportedly out-paces everything from his tours to his Nike and McDonald’s partnerships.

Scott’s 2019 “Astroworld — Wish You Were Here” tour included 57 nights across North America and Europe. Playing his Grammy-nominated album and reaching the peak of his popularity, Scott earned $53.6 million for the entire tour. 

As Forbes similarly reports, the Nike collaboration earns Scott $10 million annually. Even further, the McDonald’s collaboration is expected to have netted him $5 million for the endorsement and around $15 million for merchandise sales.

All in all, that means that Scott’s nine-minute concert and short-term sales from the Fortnite event with Epic Games were more profitable than any individual night of his biggest tour ever while out-performing his Nike collab on a per-year basis. Similarly, without exact numbers confirmed, it appears that the Fortnite deal closely rivals and possibly tops the McDonald’s one. 

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Travis Scott
Scott’s Fortnite merch was extensive…to say the least.

More than a testament to Scott’s own brand, the success of this collaboration proves the cultural relevance of the gaming industry as a whole. The concert earned Fortnite 27.7 million unique viewers, with 12.3 million players participating concurrently in the game.

If Scott was able to profit so massively and Epic Games also earned big, then this news simply puts a dollar figure to the continued emergence of gaming in the mainstream.