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British politicians confused as Epic executive appears to suggest Fortnite does not make money

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A Commons Committee was left confused when an Epic Games executive member had some interesting answers regarding Fortnite, player revenue, and data regulations.

Fortnite Battle Royale has been a topic of debate around the UK since Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, claimed that the game should be banned.

Epic Games and EA Games were in attendance as witnesses for the Commons Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport committee as they look into “immersive and addictive technologies,” according to The Guardian.

When the companies were asked about the Prince’s comments, they denied answering and admitted they did not collect the proper data that was needed by the committee.

Epic Games’ general counsel, Canon Pence, said, “It’s always been our [Epic] effort and intent to create a fun, fair, flexible, engaging, and generous form of interactive entertainment.”

When he was approached about the Duke of Sussex’ opinions on Fortnite, he replied with, “A statement that suggests it’s some sort of nefarious attempt to extract short-term profit is a mischaracterization.”

Players can purchase various cosmetic items from the Fortnite Item Shop with V-Bucks.

Later within the meeting, Pence also said that “I don’t think it’s accurate to define Epic as making money from people playing the game [Fortnite].“ The Guardian also claims that Epic did not collect users’ date of birth, which is against data regulations.

When asked why Epic doesn’t think it is needed to follow the regulations, Epic’s general counsel replied with “We don’t.” Pence denied ever giving that statement, with a committee member prompting him to relisten to the recording.

It should be interesting to see if the committee comes back with any results, especially considering that the World Health Organization officially recognized gaming disorder as a mental illness.

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Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far

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The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.

Leaked Map Stages

All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.

Leaked Quest Voice Line

Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.

A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:

“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”

Doomsday Landmark

According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.

Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.

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Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25

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In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.

Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.

We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.

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Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon

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Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.

Re-added Item Shop Sections:

  • S.T.A.R.S. Team
  • El Chapulín Colorado
  • Wu Wear (new)

Removed Item Shop Sections:

  • Silk Sonic
  • Chloe Kim
  • Cobra Kai
  • Jordan
  • Turn The Music Up

The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.

We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.

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