Former Epic Games director tried to cancel Fortnite: "It would not exist” - Dexerto

Former Epic Games director tried to cancel Fortnite: “It would not exist”

Published: 16/Jun/2019 12:45 Updated: 16/Jun/2019 13:35

by Marcus Banks


Fortnite is currently the biggest game in the world, but it wouldn’t have achieved such success had former director of production, Rod Fergusson, stayed at Epic Games – as he planned to scrap the game’s development entirely.

Originally launched in July 2017 with Fortnite: Save the World, it wasn’t until September 2017 when the battle royale mode was released which resulted in the game exploding in popularity, capturing most of the market share previously held by titles such as H1Z1 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

With top streamers and content creators all rushing to play the game, it reached heights that no one ever would have expected, including ex-director of production, Rod Fergusson, who revealed that the game would have been cancelled if he was still employed with Epic Games.

EPIC GAMESFortnite is currently the world’s most popular game.

Speaking to Game Informer, Fergusson, who now works with the Gears 5 team, claimed the Fortnite project didn’t include BR during his time with the company and Save the World posed plenty of challenges which could have led to cancellation.

“If I stayed at Epic, I would have cancelled Fortnite. Absolutely,” Fergusson said. “Before I left I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was just Save the World, that was a project that had some challenges.

“As the director of production at the time, that game would not have passed my bar for something we should have continued to keep going.”

EPIC GAMESFortnite was almost scrapped from development before BR was added.

Fergusson added that he does not lose any sleep over it, despite their enormous success over the last two years, and revealed he was extremely happy for the developers.

However, he was quick to remind fans that the game they know and love would not exist if he stayed with the company.

The former director said: “That game you love, the worldwide sensation, it would not exist had I stayed at Epic.”

Fortunately for Fortnite fans, the game shows no signs of dying any time soon.


Epic confirms Fortnite World Cup 2021 has been canceled

Published: 5/Dec/2020 5:55

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Epic Games has confirmed that they have “no plans” for any live events next year, including Fortnite World Cup 2021, all but canceling the event. It’s something many fans expected but still feared, even though most understand it’s necessary.

Fortnite’s competitive scene is one of many that have been rocked in 2020. It was something nobody anticipated or expected, at least, in terms of how severe an impact it would have on the world.

Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods yet, and that means there’s still a spanner in the works. Epic Games has decided it’s still too risky to host live events anytime soon.

They’ve opted to cancel all live events in 2021, including the Fortnite World Cup. They laid it all out in their latest blog post.

Epic Games Fortnite World Cup Canceled 2021
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The Fortnite World Cup is the premier event in the Fortnite competitive scene.

“Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety of our players and staff,” they said. It’s a sentiment that other organizations have shared.

“With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in 2021, including a Fortnite World Cup,” they added. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any competitions at all.

“We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future,” they said. 

It’s crazy to think that we might still be a year away from seeing LAN esports events again. However, it’s a sensible decision given the circumstances.

Epic Games Fortnite World Cup Canceled 2021
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Fortnite fans will need to wait at least another year before seeing a LAN tournament.

It’s bittersweet news for fans and players around the world. They’d love to see competitive LAN events in the Fortnite scene once again.

But at the same time, it’s good to know that Epic Games has everyone’s best interests at heart. They aren’t willing to risk anything, which is nice.