Richard Lewis Explains the Direction He'd Like to See Epic Games Go with Fortnite Esports - Dexerto

Richard Lewis Explains the Direction He’d Like to See Epic Games Go with Fortnite Esports

Published: 8/Jun/2018 10:05 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 17:31

by Mike Kent


Richard Lewis is one of the world’s most renowned esports journalists. Having worked in the industry longer than some pro players have been alive, he’s well versed on what works.

The British personality saw his own stock elevated in the esports boom, and is now reaping the rewards for years of well documented hard graft that could quite easily have resulted in a very different life.

After working with TBS in Atlanta for two years, bringing authentic esports to national television, Richard now works for an undisclosed company in Las Vegas.

Although his role is off the record right now, he has continued to make YouTube videos on his channel and remains an authority on everything esports.

We wanted to discuss Richard’s career, so we invited him on the Dexerto Talk Show. During the one-hour video podcast the subject of Fortnite came up.

As someone with their finger on the pulse of what works in esports, we were keen to find out where he thinks Fortnite can live in the competitive gaming ecosystem.

When asked about the popular Battle Royale game, Richard gave a glowing review of the title and how it’s captured the world’s attention through regular and fun updates. He also expressed a desire to see the crazy prize money invested into more structure.

“I hope they will spend a large portion of that on creating like a circuit, tournaments, something that has that aspirational element around it so it’s not just a bunch of people who happen to be good at a game. Something that will give it a bit more structure, a bit more narrative. I think that would be great.

But honestly, Fortnite need to, and I’m sure they know this, Epic Games don’t need to be told anything by me, but a lot of esports and just gaming popularity in general, you’ve got to make hay while the sun shines. Right now they’re on top, rewind a year and it’s PUBG and we had all the same conversations”

After briefly discussing PUBG and H1Z1, he continued to say that he’s sure Epic know what they’re doing.

“You’ve really got to nail something done and build something while you’re on top, and if you don’t, you’re going to be constantly trying to claw back that popularity. I’m pretty sure Epic Games will have learnt that lesson and I certainly hope they put some of that money into a more traditional approach for esports.

You can watch the full episode below. The segment discussing Fortnite begins at 55 minutes.


What’s included in Fortnite Crew membership? Battle Pass, skins, prices

Published: 30/Nov/2020 12:37

by David Purcell


Fortnite Crew membership allows players to get the Battle Pass, V-Bucks, exclusive skins and other monthly benefits for a set price. The list of rewards will update each month, but it’s made a promising start to kick off Season 5. 

Epic Games have confirmed that the new system will come into action alongside the game’s first major update of Season 5. Instead of having to purchase individual skins from the Fortnite Item Shop like usual, the developers are offering guaranteed rewards to Crew members that cannot be obtained any other way.

Monthly subscriptions have been all the rage since Netflix rose to prominence, but now many major players in the gaming world have followed suit. Xbox has its Ultimate Game Pass, for example, and now Fortnite’s creators have come up with their own.

Let’s run through what’s included.

Fortnite Crew membership price and start date

One of the most important factors in a player making up their mind about buying Fortnite Crew will be the price. The full price list can be seen below, for various currencies:

  • $11.99
  • £9.99

This looks to be pretty reasonable, if you consider the Battle Pass is usually $9.50 anyway. Aside from that, it’s also worth noting that the Fortnite Crew membership won’t be available until December 2, which is when Season 5 launches.

What’s included? (December 2020)

Fortnite Crew outfit pack for December
Epic Games
The Fortnite Crew outfit pack for December will include skins and cosmetics unobtainable in any other way.

According to an official blog post from Epic Games, the Fortnite Crew membership will include the following:

  • Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass
  • An exclusive monthly Crew Pack
  • 1,000 V-Bucks each month

These rewards will vary from month to month in terms of what’s included in the skin pack, though based on how obsessive the community has become over skins and cosmetics, it will likely be a popular event to open it each time.

They said in an official statement: “Monthly Crew Packs always contain a new Outfit along with at least one accessory. All items are exclusive to Fortnite Crew members.”

Fortnite Crew trailer

For those who haven’t yet seen it, a Fortnite Crew trailer was released on November 24.

How to sign up for Fortnite Crew

  1. Launch Fortnite on your console or PC.
  2. Enter the Battle Pass menu screen.
  3. Click the Fortnite Crew signup icon.
  4. Enter your details and complete the sign-up!

How to get Fortnite Crew rewards

Fortnite Crew
Epic Games
The Fortnite Crew rewards will differ slightly month on month, in terms of what’s included in the Outfit Pack.

Epic Games have confirmed all you have to do, once you’re all signed up, is log into your Primary Platform each monthly subscription period to access your subscription content. This will vary from month to month in terms of what’s included, though generally the V-Bucks and Battle Pass will be guaranteed.

Is it cross platform?

In a series of frequently answered questions, Epic Games have confirmed a player’s Crew account will only work for their primary platform. For example, if you sign up for the Crew on Xbox One or Series X|S, it won’t carry over to PlayStation 4/5.

On the subject, they have said: “Your Subscription is associated with the platform on which you purchased it (your “Primary Platform”) until it is canceled and is not transferable. Be sure to choose the platform (e.g., Xbox, PlayStation, Switch) you purchase your Subscription on carefully. You’ll be able to access the items you receive from the Subscription across different platforms, but the V-Bucks you receive may not be redeemable on other platforms.”

We will update this every month and add new details about Fortnite Crew rewards, as and when that information is made available.