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Ninja explains why Epic stopped releasing Fortnite Chapter 2 patch notes

Published: 19/Nov/2019 21:57

by Albert Petrosyan

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Superstar streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has an interesting theory for why Epic Games have stopped releasing patch notes for their weekly updates in Fortnite Chapter 2.

As weeks continue to fly by in Season 1 of Fortnite Chapter 2, it’s looking more and more like patch notes have become a thing of the past for developers Epic Games.

Although the official Fortnite Trello page has contained some information on bug fixes and things like that, the bigger and more impactful changes have been left for players to figure out for themselves, such as weapon adjustments, new additions, and more.

Many have been trying to figure out why patch notes have stopped getting released, one of them being Ninja, who shared his theory during one of his recent streams.

Epic GamesEpic have stopped announcing new things in Fortnite, such as the Harpoon Gun they added a few weeks ago.

The Mixer star believes that at least part of the reason why is because Epic don’t want to frustrate players and stop some from playing purely because of something that they include in the patch notes, which he contends was the case before Chapter 2.

“One thing that 100% I guarantee did happen, when all the patch notes were being released back in the day, incredibly in-depth patch notes, is that people saw the patch notes, and if they didn’t like something, they didn’t want to play,” Ninja explained.

“‘Oh my god man, what? They nerfed the Pump? I’m not even going to play!'” he mocked. “Well, you don’t know if they nerfed the Pump because there’s no patch notes, so get in there and find out if they did or not. Play the game.”

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Why haven’t Epic been releasing patch notes in Fortnite?

Whether or not Ninja’s theory is correct, it certainly does make sense, since there’s no doubt that Epic received a lot of negative backlash after every patch notes release, especially during the latter seasons of Chapter 1.

Whatever the reason is, Epic have simply decided that it’s best for players to figure out all of the changes on their own, even when it comes to major things like the addition of the Harpoon Gun several weeks ago.

That is not to say, however, that this will be a permanent thing in Chapter 2. With Season 2 looming around the corner, only time will tell whether or not Epic will revert to releasing the full details for each weekly update.

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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.