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Here’s why Friday Fortnite has been cancelled until late September

Published: 16/Aug/2019 18:57 Updated: 16/Aug/2019 19:31

by Albert Petrosyan

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The fan-favorite Friday Fortnite tournament series has been cancelled for at least a month, according to host and popular YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem.

Friday Fortnite have become a weekly tradition over the past couple of months, with fans taking a strong liking to watching their favorite streamers and pro players destroy public lobbies.

However, the competition has been cancelled until September 27, with the August 16 running being the first casualty of this decision.

This is due to a scheduling conflict a series of Trios tournaments that Epic Games themselves will be running, which will take place over the next five weeks. 

“Damn, Epic is doing Trio events for five weeks, so Friday Fortnite won’t return until September 27!!!” he tweeted. “Going to focus all my energy on Minecraft Monday for next five weeks.”

The issue that KEEMSTAR is facing whenever Epic’s tournament schedule clashes with his is that the official Fortnite tournaments usually feature prize pools that are massively larger than Friday Fortnite, which is capped at $10,000 as per Epic’s rules.

Thus, many of the top content creators and pro players Keem needs to attract viewers understandably opt to play in the official competitions, leaving the YouTuber with no choice but to cancel his own.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that he’s had to deal with this either. When Friday Fortnite was first created back in May of 2018, it ran for 10 consecutive weeks before Epic decided to kick off their Summer Skirmish, which led to Keem slamming the developers for trying to suppress his efforts.

However, this time around, he’s taken a much more subtle approach in announcing the news, knowing that there will always be a mass of loyal viewers when his tournament returns. 

“When Friday Fortnite returns on September 27, it;s going to be huge due to the players’ and viewers’ love for the event,” he explained. “We stopped for a while year and came back pulling 11 million unique viewers weekly!”

Once the competition does resume, fans can expect the usual plethora of big Fortnite names to be penciled into the bracket, including FaZe Clan’s World Cup Finalist duo of Nate Hill and Funk, who won the previous two runnings and three overall. 

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on this story as more information and updates become available. 

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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.