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When Epic Games' Fortnite first came to the Android ecosystem, it was an exclusive only for the Galaxy Note 9 for a limited time. Samsung and Epic Games still have a close relationship and Samsung device owners will be getting some new exclusive Fortnite goodies. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or Tab S4 owners playing Fortnite will get a Galaxy-themed harvesting tool, glider, and back bling. These items are in addition to the Samsung Galaxy-themed skin that was offered last month. Samsung also offered players a chance to highlight their best gaming moments while using the exclusive skin for a chance to play with some elite gamers. The grand prize winner of that contest was a Fortnite gamer named... Read more...
What do you do when you have a massively successful game franchise on your hands? You monetize it with offline products, of course! Epic Games needs no such lesson in these things. It's already teamed up with Hasbro to bring Fortnite to the Monopoly board, and coms next summer, the first of several Nerf blasters built after in-game counterparts will be available. Hasbro provided an early look at the upcoming Fortnite AR-L Blaster. It's a colorful contraption, just like the one in the game, except now Fortnite fans will be able to physically touch it. The upcoming blaster features rapid-fire motorized blasting and flip-up sights so players can "focus their aim as they eliminate opponents and attempt... Read more...
It's crazy to think that as popular and lucrative Fortnite already is, it may see an influx of new players, making it an even bigger success story for Epic Games. How so? The exclusivity period for playing the Fortnite beta on Android on Samsung Galaxy devices has come to an end, and now anyone with a compatible Android phone or tablet can download the game. Technically, the exclusivity period ended back in August. Epic Games teamed up with Samsung to offer the Fortnite beta for Android on the Galaxy Note 9, which ended around the middle of August. However, there was a catch—Android users rocking a supported handset still had to sign up for a Fortnite Android beta invitation and cross their... Read more...
We're not ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, but when it comes to cross-play support in Fortnite, Sony needs to get its story straight on why exactly it has it taken so long to finally embrace the gamer-friendly feature. Were there technical barriers that stood in the way, or weren't there? The latest comments by Sony Worldwide Chairman Shawn Layden suggest it's the latter, even though that's not what Sony said before. Layden participated in a recent PlayStation blogcast, episode 308 titled "Wooooo!" At around the 12-minute 50-second mark, Layden talked about supporting cross-play in Fortnite on the PlayStation 4, a feature that gamers have been clamoring for, especially since Sony stood... Read more...
Fortnite players were treated to a bunch of new and improved features with the season six rollout yesterday, including pets in backpacks, floating islands, a haunted mansion, corn fields, and more. None of those things caused any controversy. What did, however, was a new Calamity cowgirl skin with a noticeable animation tweak. It looks as though the developers spent a bit of time polishing Calamity's breasts physics. Fortnite streamer FaZe Agony brought this to widespread attention by posting a short video clip on Twitter. In it, you can see Calamity's upper section bouncing around as she dances in place. The tweet currently has over 1,100 comments, 5,100 shares, and 24,000 likes. The most important... Read more...
When you have a veritable cash cow on your hands, the smart thing to do is milk it until there's nothing left. Nobody needs to tell Epic Games that bit of advice, though. The developer is raking in cash from Fortnite hand over fist, and to keep its cash cow from drying up, it's rolling out yet another update to the popular battle royale. The arrival of Season 6 (v6.00 patch) brings with it an updated island with Pets, which reside in backpacks rather than scurry around the landscape on foot. They're basically cosmetic items. That said, they're not simply static images—these little creatures are alive and react to in-game events. Different pets unlock at different levels. There are at least... Read more...
Epic Games has begun rolling out a new content update to Fortnite (version 5.40.2), the developer's freebie battle royale shooter and gaming sensation that is basically a money generating machine (through in-game purchases). There is a bunch of new and improved goodies in the patch, though it's not all candy and rainbows. Nintendo Switch owners are upset that Epic Games took away a feature with its latest update. Gamers who play Fortnite on the Switch can no longer capture video and then share their epic clips with friends. This was not immediately evident in the patch notes. Instead, Switch owners posted their frustrations on Reddit and Fortnite's community forum. "I am very not happy to lose... Read more...
Epic Games struck gold with Fortnite, the incredibly popular battle royale shooter. Despite being a free-to-download title, Epic Game is raking in barrels of cash through in-game purchases. To keep the influx of cash flowing at a steady rate, Epic Games has teamed up with Hasbro to offer Fortnite-themed Nerf Blasters and a Monopoly board game. A Fortnite-themed Monopoly game feels like a natural extension, given that the goal of Monopoly is to ruin your opponents—usually family and friends—and be the last person standing. Only in Monopoly, we're talking about financial ruin, and over a much longer period of time per game (if playing by standard rules, that is). Thrilled to show you... Read more...
Epic Games is talking about the success of its limited launch of the Fortnite Android Beta. The initial Android rollout was a Samsung exclusive for a few days and then Epic began to issue invites to a subset of Android users on other devices. Epic Games says that interest for Fortnite on Android has been "extremely high" with over 23 million players entering the Android beta and over 15 million players installing the APK. Epic bypassed the Google Play store and ended up with a serious flaw in its installer that could give hackers full access to user's devices. Epic later slammed Google for announcing that flaw publicly. Epic notes that it worked with Samsung to profile and optimize Fortnite for... Read more...
One of the reasons that Fortnite is the most popular game out there right now is all the work that Epic Games puts in to keep the game fresh. It seems like there is always a new mode, a new event, or new weapons for fans to check out. The latest change to the game is a new High Stakes challenge that will take place soon along with a new mode called Getaway. In Getaway mode players will team up with a squad of three other players to steal a jewel hidden on the map. That jewel is inside a safe that players will have to crack to acquire the jewel. A rival squad is bent on taking the same jewel and players will fight it out in something akin to capture the flag mode to eek out the win. The mission... Read more...
Make no mistake about it, Google could not have been happy with Epic Games for deciding to make its wildly popular battle royale shooter, Fortnite, available on Android devices only by sideloading it. By skipping the Play Store, Google is missing out on potentially tens of millions of dollars in revenue. As Google would point out, this also puts users at an added security risk. To drive the point home, Google disclosed a security vulnerability affecting Fortnite on Android, and Epic games is pretty ticked off about it. The vulnerability resides in the Fortnite installer. It potentially allows the installation of any app on a user's phone, and if leveraged, a hacker would install anything they... Read more...
Few things annoy console gamers more about cross-platform play than being forced to compete against PC gamers who are using a mouse and keyboard. The mouse and keyboard are sometimes seen as an unfair advantage to console gamers using a gamepad or other type of controller. PS4 gamers who are using a mouse and keyboard are considered to have an advantage over PS4 gamers using a DualShock controller, for instance. Xbox gamers don’t have to worry about that since there isn’t official mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One. Regardless, Epic Games wants to keep things fair with Fortnite and plans to keep the mouse and keyboard users from slaughtering unsuspecting gamepad... Read more...
When Epic Games announced that it wouldn't be putting its world-dominating Fortnite Android game on the Google Play store, everyone knew Google wouldn’t be happy. Epic didn't want to pay Google 30% of every purchase via the app, a move that could potentially cost Google $50 million. In fact, Google decided to take a very hard look at the installer Epic Games was using for Fortnite and it found a massive security flaw. Google disclosed via the Google Issue Tracker that the first Fortnite Installer was vulnerable to hijacking by hackers. This vulnerability potentially allowed the installation of any app on a user's phone and allowed the hacker to install anything in the background including... Read more...
Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to go for an extra layer of security for software and accounts for various online services when available. Many services support two-factor authentication like PayPal and Facebook. The catch is that two-factor authentications is a bit of a pain for the average Joe or Jane to mess with, so most just don't enable it. Epic Games wants players of Fortnite to use two-factor authentication and to get people to turn the security feature on, it is offering an incentive. For all Fortnite players who enable two-factor authentication Epic will give them a free emote. This emote is a victory dance of the sort, and we're sure that you've seen plenty... Read more...
When we think of the Apple TV, we don't think of it as being a particularly good gaming system; at least with the potential of something like the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. And don't even get us started on the media streamer’s dreaded remote or Apple's refusal to develop a dedicated gaming controller for the device. With all that being said, a big hint was dropped today that could lead to Fortnite landing on tvOS, the operating system that runs on the Apple TV. Fortnite is the biggest video game on the planet right now and code found within the game calls out references to tvOS. #fortnite Fortnite is coming to Apple tvs. tvOS a Apple tv operating system has been found in the files. pic.twitter.com/QBBojQI0SX—... Read more...
Fortnite fans on Android weren't happy when word surfaced that the game would be an exclusive title for Samsung on the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 9 and other newer Galaxy devices via Galaxy Apps. Fortnite is a huge deal with massive numbers of players battling it out and has turned over a billion dollars in revenue for a game that costs nothing to download. The good news for Android Fortnite fans with no intention of buying a new Samsung device was that Fortnite exclusivity was promised to be short-lived. Samsung's exclusive deal wore off over the weekend and that means that Android gamers on other devices will be able to play the game soon. The catch for other Android users not on a Samsung... Read more...
Despite being a free-to-play title, Fortnite is a veritable cash cow. That's because there are in-game purchases available, and Epic Games is raking in a lot of sales from what has become the world's most popular battle royale shooter, having taken the torch from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and run with it. Unfortunately for Google, it stands to miss out on potentially substantial Fortnite-related revenue when it launches on a wide swath of Android devices. Epic Games previously confirmed that Fortnite will not be available in the Play Store, as it wants to avoid paying a 30 percent cut to Google for any purchases made. "Avoiding the 30 per cent ‘store tax’ is a part of Epic's motivation."... Read more...
After what feels like a long wait, Fortnite has finally landed on Android devices, though it is only available on Galaxy S7 and newer handsets. Samsung scored an exclusive to help promote its Galaxy Note 9, which launched yesterday and is available to preorder today. Do not fret if you own a different Android handset, though—the exclusivity period is super short. Epic Games has started rolling out Fortnite Mobile to Android in beta form to newer Galaxy devices and will continue to do so through this Sunday, August 12. After that, Samsung's exclusivity period will have expired. At that point, Epic Games will open up the Fortnite Mobile beta to several other Android devices. What that really... Read more...
Epic Games continue to feed its cash cow known as Fortnite, the world's most popular battle royale shooter that is free to play but offers in-game purchases. One of the appeals of Fortnite is that it is available on a bunch of different platforms. One of those is the Nintendo Switch, and it just received a big performance boost courtesy of the latest software patch. The version 5.20 patch contains a "significant GPU optimization," according to the release notes. Specifically, Epic Game's developers moved to the high-end forward renderer that purportedly increases dynamic resolution by 10 percent in expensive scenes. That is a huge bump, and one that we are sure will be appreciated by Switch owners.... Read more...
Epic Games is planning to port Fortnite Mobile over to Android, though the question is when will it finally happen? There have been rumors that it make an exclusive debut on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 9 handset, then roll out to other Android devices sometime after. While that has never been corroborated by Epic Games or Samsung, there is new evidence that seemingly confirms that will be the case. The folks at XDA Developers obtained access to the Fortnite Mobile on Android installer APK and promptly dug through the package. They decompiled and analyzed the package, labeled as Fortnite version 5.20, and found that there are checks in place to ensure the game will only run on devices that... Read more...
If you want to install Fortnite on your Android device when that version of the game launches later this summer, you won't be going through Google Play. It is a rather curious, but understandable move considering that Fortnite is a worldwide gaming hit and has been a huge revenue generator for Epic Games. But in the end, it all comes down to money. If Epic were to distribute Fortnite through Google Play, it would have to forfeit 30 percent of the revenue from in-app purchases to Google. To put it simply, Epic wants complete and total command of this revenue stream and thinks that side-loading is the way to go. “Avoiding the 30 per cent ‘store tax’ is a part of Epic's motivation."... Read more...
Traditionally, kids are expected to play sports like baseball, football, basketball, or other sports of the type you learn in school growing up. In modern times, however, kids and adults alike are playing a lot of video games, and the eSports arena can be as competitive and even more popular that traditional sports. Some parents hold the dream that their kids will one day be professional athletes and get paid millions to play traditional professional sports teams. However, when it comes to eSports, the reality is that there are certainly gamers out there who make huge money as well, and pro-streamer Fortnite player Ninja is one such example claiming to earn $500,000 per month. To help their... Read more...
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