Fortnite pros and streamers unhappy with new Boom Box item - Ninja, Dakotaz and more *UPDATED* - Dexerto

Fortnite pros and streamers unhappy with new Boom Box item – Ninja, Dakotaz and more *UPDATED*

Published: 30/Dec/2018 16:51 Updated: 31/Dec/2018 10:00

by Calum Patterson


After only being added to the game for a matter of hours, the new ‘Boom Box’ item in Fortnite Battle Royale is getting some negative feedback, particularly from the competitive community.

With the WSOE $100,000 Fortnite tournament taking place on December 30, the same day as the new item was added, and there are concerns that it will too drastically change gameplay.

The Boom Box is a throwable item which absolutely obliterates any nearby builds, making it an extremely powerful tool considering how fundamental building is to the core mechanics.

Epic GamesThe new ‘Boom Box’ in Fortnite is immediately raising eyebrows.

Soon after it was added on December 30 in the v7.10 Content Update #2, players instantly realized just how destructive the Boom Box could be.

Top Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins commented that competitive players might be having an interesting experience while practicing, to say the least.

Professional players, such as CLG’s WishYaLuckk, were unhappy to see that such a game changing, or even game “breaking” item was added the same day as the $100,000 tournament.

Competitive player ‘WhosDixon’ hit out at Epic Games for “screwing over the players” with new items, on the day of a major event.

Streamer Brent ‘Dakotaz’ Hoffman posted a clip of the new item in action, explaining that it renders building, particularly in the late game, almost ineffectual.

Sypher ‘SypherPK’ Ali voiced his frustration at the way Epic Games handle new additions to the game, describing the developers as: “A kid who’s having a tantrum, and wants to do what they want no matter what anyone else has to say – and we just have to deal with it.”

During the $100,000 WSOE Fortnite event, Team SoloMid’s Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani stated Epic Games were trolling when they added the item to the game, and stated that he was going to “abuse the living hell out of it.”

Fortnite previously came under fire for adding the Infinity Blade, which similarly spoiled competitive play in the eyes of many. Shortly after, Epic issues an apology and removed the item from all playlists.

Although the Boom Box is not perhaps as game breaking as the Infinity Blade, it certainly poses a problem for late game ‘build-offs’, where structures are key to victory.


Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun


Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

Fortnite Crew image
Epic Games
Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

Fortnite Crew Green Arrow
Epic Games
Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.