Kobe Bryant is investing in Epic Games, but not because of Fortnite - Dexerto

Kobe Bryant is investing in Epic Games, but not because of Fortnite

Published: 19/Sep/2019 19:55 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 20:41

by Scott Robertson


Kobe Bryant’s investment firm Bryant Stibel has made huge investments into Epic Games, and other game companies. But in an interview on CNBC at the Stock Exchange, he revealed that it’s not just because of the popularity of Fortnite.

If there’s one thing in common between Fortnite and Kobe, it’s that they don’t let off the gas when they want to takeover. Since retiring from the NBA in 2016, Kobe Bryant has been more productive and active in retirement than most people are in their entire lives.

His investment firm Bryant Stibel, founded in 2013 with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel, has invested millions of dollars into numerous venture businesses and companies, including a couple of gaming companies.

Bryant and Stibel were on CNBC on the morning of September 19th, and Kobe was asked about the growth of gaming in America. Due to an issue with his earpiece, Kobe wasn’t able to answer the question, but Stibel jumped in to answer, and revealed the bigger reason for investing in Epic Games, apart from Fortnite.

“Gaming is critically important to the cultural ecos, but it’s not just about the games, …we’re actually trying to invest in the platforms. Fortnite is owned by Epic, and their Epic engine is building hundreds of games for themselves and the businesses that are using it.”

By “Epic engine,” Stibel is of course referring to the Unreal Engine, one of the most well-known and widely used game engines that is available for a relatively low cost to aspiring and professional game devs. Some recent releases that run on Unreal Engine 4 are Borderlands 3, Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, and many more.

Stibel also called attention to another one of their ventures, Scopely, a mobile games company that’s received over $250 million in raised venture capital in a short history. They make games such as Star Trek: Fleet Command, WWE Champions, and Walking Dead: Road to Survival. But Stibel praised them for more than just their games:

Bryant StibelBryant and Stibel with Scopely CEO Walter Driver

“Their Star Trek game has been a huge hit, but behind that is the revenue engine. And they’ve done that for games other than what they own.”

“That’s what we’re really looking for, the fundamentals behind what everyone is seeing on the consumer side.”

By choosing to invest in companies that make the foundations for games rather than just the games themselves, Bryant Stibel is setting themselves up for big success. As Kobe demonstrated during his NBA player career, he’s never satisfied with the amount of success he currently he has. Mamba wants more.


How to watch Fortnite Galactus live event: start time, stream, leaks

Published: 1/Dec/2020 16:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 19:16

by Brad Norton


Excitement for Fortnite’s Season 4 Nexus War finale event, which will introduce Marvel villain Galactus, is at fever pitch. From start times to how to watch live, here’s everything you need to know.

Love them or hate them, Fortnite’s crossovers with Marvel have become big business for Epic Games. Season 4 has introduced a number of skins and weapons for our favorite superheroes and villains, and it’s set to go out with a bang with the arrival of Galactus.

We don’t know too much about what will happen when the Devourer of Worlds hits the Island, but as his moniker suggests, it’s going to spell trouble; the event has been described as “an interactive Marvel movie” by Epic, and is expected to be one of the biggest events the game has ever seen.

Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Nexus War finale including start times, how to watch, leaks about another potential Black Hole scenario, and what to expect when Season 5 finally arrives.

When does the Fortnite Galactus event start?

Such is the hype surrounding the appearance of Galactus that he’s taken an incredibly long time to appear. However, his arrival is finally set in stone.

The Nexus War finale event is a one-time spectacle set to kick off on Tuesday, December 1 at 4:10 PM ET | 1 PM PT | 9 PM GMT.

Fortnite Galactus event
Epic Games
Fighting Galactus to end the Nexus War will be a one-time event. No replays for this historic battle.

How to watch Fortnite’s Galactus event

If you want to take part in Fortnite’s Nexus War finale event, Epic recommends you log in to the game at least 60 minutes prior to the start time and date listed above, with the Event Playlist expected to go live 30 minutes before the event.

Epic have also advised players to download the latest update (14.60) and Houseparty (which is integrated with Fortnite to allow for live video chat) for the best experience.

However, if you don’t want to play, and instead just want to watch the event live, you can tune in to NICKMERCS’ live stream on Twitch below.

Fortnite Galactus event: What to expect

Unfortunately, we don’t really know what to expect during the event itself, although the prevailing theory is that players will have to fight Galactus. This hasn’t been confirmed and is pure speculation, but with the hype that’s been surrounding the villain’s arrival, it would make sense.

That being said, the playlist for the event apparently states that players will have to “defend the Island to save all Reality!”, which supports that theory that we’ll have to take down Galactus himself.

We’ll just have to wait and see to find out exactly what’s going to happen during the event itself when it goes live at 4:10 PM.

Galactus Fortnite event leaks

2While we may not know exactly what we’ll be doing during the event, as with everything in Fortnite, there’s a ton of leaks surrounding the event itself, giving players SOME idea of what to expect.

Galactus is officially listed as being 28ft tall and that in itself could offer some interesting gameplay options. Given that this will close out a season-long Nexus War, there’s a good chance you’ll have a ton of manual input here. So expect to help the heroes in their fight.

It’s also been heavily rumored that there will be another Black Hole type situation once the Galactus event comes to a close. Back when Chapter 1 ended, the battle royale was stuck behind a black hole loading screen, with nothing for players to do until Chapter 2 began.

The potential return of a blackout was pointed out on November 18 by data miner FNLeaksAndInfo, who tweeted: “Prepare for some more possible downtime after the event similar to the Black Hole event!”

Beyond the event itself, it seems like players may be able to play as Galactus if some leaks are to be believed, although not in the way you’re probably thinking. It turns out there’s actually a standard-sized Galactus skin in the game’s files. Perhaps we’ll be able to run around as the Devourer of Worlds after the event. Only time will tell.

The main rumor concerning Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that Galactus will indeed be the archetypal villain of the main films. The Devourer of Worlds quite literally does what he says on the tin, and his power is unmatched.

On top of that, on November 4, Fortnite data miner Mang0e tweeted about a mysterious new weapon in the works. Hardly anything is known about what this ‘Lazing Device’ is. However, Mang0e believes it could perhaps be a prototype for the upcoming Cosmos rifle.

Its base stats are that of the Bolt Sniper Rifle, which is the same as the Cosmos ones, too. Mang0e goes on to say in their Twitter thread that this is all speculation, however, but rebuffs his claims by saying that they were right about the Slurp Bazooka in the past.

For more, detailed information regarding the Lazing Device, check out our dedicated article.

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