KEEMSTAR announces news for possible return of fan-favorite Friday Fortnite tournaments - Dexerto
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KEEMSTAR announces news for possible return of fan-favorite Friday Fortnite tournaments

Published: 4/Jan/2019 3:48 Updated: 4/Jan/2019 3:55

by Albert Petrosyan

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There may be good news in store for all of those who were fans of popular YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem’s weekly ‘Friday Fortnite’ tournaments.

KEEMSTAR tweeted out on January 3 that he was working towards bringing back Friday Fortnite, which apparently happen at the behest of the content creators who are looking forward to its return.

“I have some meetings set up to look into bringing back Friday Fortnite,” he tweeted. “The YouTubers and Twitch streamers asked me to bring it back.”

This comes days after popular Fortnite YouTuber ‘Nick Eh 30’ publicly reached out to KEEMSTAR on Twitter asking him to bring back the tournament series, after which Keem himself CC’ed the tweet towards some big names like Ninja, CouRage, Tfue, and others, curious about their opinions.

As expected, the news of the potential return of Friday Fortnite has been met with immense excitement from the community, and it’s no major surprise that prominent content creators and casual fans alike are very much looking forward to having the weekly tradition be reinstated. 

Friday Fortnite was a weekly tournament series that was organized and run by KEEMSTAR and online tournament hosts UMG during a 10-week period from May to July.

The series, which normally featured a prize pool of $20,000 each week, became extremely popular soon after its first week, with many of the biggest names in the online gaming community competing regularly.

With no access to custom servers, the tournaments were based on the popular “kill-race” format, which involved two opposing Duos teams queuing together into the same public Squads match and trying to get the most eliminations they could.

KEEMSTAR was heavily invested in Friday Fortnite, even commissioning for the creation of its new logo, but it all fell apart because of a scheduling conflict with Epic Games.

Despite its immense popularity, Friday Fortnite came to a dead halt after Epic Games decided to organize their own competitive series, called Summer Skirmish, which had an $8 million prize pool that attracted a lot of the prominent names that would have normally played in Keem’s tourneys. 

This led to UMG pulling out of the project and KEEMSTAR waging a messy and public war of words against Epic, claiming that they were suppressing his efforts to hold tournaments with prize pools over $20K and vowing to never involve himself with Fortnite ever again. 

However, at the behest of a community that’s currently starving for competitive content, Keem is looking to re-enter the Fortnite scene and bring back his competition.

However, as his tweet suggests, he has a lot of work to do for that to happen, such as recruiting the right sponsors, online tournament organizers, and players, and establishing an appropriate prize pool, although the amount doesn’t seem to be a major issue for the actual players. 

FaZe Clan pro players Cloak and Tfue were the winningest Duo of Friday Fortnite, winning four tournaments while no other player won more than one.
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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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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.

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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.

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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.