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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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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Support email suggests we can unlock golden skins after Season 2 ends

A Fortnite player support email suggests that we may be able to unlock the golden skin variants after Season 2 ends.

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Update: An Epic employee has addressed this topic and clarified things. The email was referencing “progressive” skins, like Ragnarok. These skins are “Enlightened” and are tied to Season 2 progression.

The topic of gold skins is a hot one in the Fortnite community – specifically Agent Peely. The gold version of this skin requires players to reach level 350 – a seemingly impossible mark for most players.

Fans became frustrated with Epic Games when they learned that they planned to sell XP in the Item Shop – something that hasn’t come to pass at the time of writing. With only a week left in the season, it may never happen.

The objective of unlocking the golden Agent Peely have led fans to wonder whether or not they’ll be able to reach their goal after the season ends. Common Fortnite knowledge dictates that we won’t be able to, but a support email tweeted by data miner FireMonkey says differently.

“When a season ends, you can continue to progress the Outfit,” the email read. “Carbide and Omega are the only exceptions to this rule, as they were locked to their Seasons.”

Via: @iFireMonkey

FireMonkey tweeted this with the disclaimer, “Keep in mind: Epic Games Support doesn’t exactly communicate with the rest of the dev team and just because they say something doesn’t mean it’s correct. They’ve been wrong on multiple occasions.”

As many of the replies noted, last season’s corrupted Scratch skin did not make it past Season 1. This system seems far more similar to Season 1’s corrupted variant than any of the other past Battle Pass outfits.

We’re saying that there’s a chance. It probably still isn’t likely, but those who are desperate to unlock the golden Agent Peely can keep their fingers crossed. We’ll find out on June 11.

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Have Epic been teasing Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 since last year?

Fortnite fans are looking back to potential Chapter 2 Season 3 teasers from 2019.

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Today’s Fortnite Season 3 leak may have been a mistake, but fans are beginning to think that it was calculated. In fact, some are going so far as to claim that Epic have been planning Chapter 2 Season 3 for over a year, down to the delayed release date of the season.

By now, many of you have seen the leaked promotional image that the PlayStation store dropped early. You can take a look at that here, as well as the rumors of a potential Fortnite X SpongeBob crossover coming in the near future.

It’s funny that a single image could cause so much discussion, but it has. Some players have even looked back at Chapter 1 Season 9 for clues as to what’s to come in the next season.

Jonesy has become one of the only plot devices that have come with us through the two+ year journey of Fortnite. Naturally, he’s the primary character around which these theories revolve.

Popular Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A tweeted side-by-side images of the Season 9 Bunker Jonesy wall and the Chapter 2 Season 3 leaked image. The old image shows a sketch of the Battle Bus passing over an island with three trees, just like we see in the new promotional image.

Things get even spookier when you look at one of the midseason trailers that Fortnite released during Season 9. This video seemed to come out of nowhere, showing Jonesy on an island before he shoots down the Battle Bus with a flare gun.

The island on which Jonesy stands appears to be the same island from the leaked image and Bunker Jonesy sketch, suggesting that Epic had specific plans for Chapter 2 Season 3 over a year ago.

YouTuber, OrangeGuy took things a bit further. He drew a comparison to the Jonesy animation, as many have, but he noticed the numbers on the flare gun box. The series of numbers read 1106.

June 11 is the release date for Season 3. Most countries put the day before the month when writing the date. In other words, Season 3 releases on 11/06.

This might all be a giant coincidence, but it’s unlikely. The most likely scenario is the Epic had a loose plan of how Chapter 2 would unfold while they were still finishing Chapter 1. They released some Easter Eggs that they planned to eventually pay off a whole year later.

This could even explain the massive delay in Season 1, as they were being true to their prediction as to when Chapter 2 Season 3 would come out: 11/06.

Is Epic playing 3D chess with Fortnite? We’ll have to wait until June 11 to find out.

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