According to an expose published by Polygon, the work expectations at Epic Games are causing employees massive amounts of stress as they work long hours.
The game industry has a crunch problem. “Crunch” is the term given to a group of employees who need to work long hours in order to finish a task.
In video game development, crunch is usually common in the month leading up the release of a game.
But in the Epic Games’ studios in Cary, North Carolina, Crunch has become a common occurrence.
Polygon is a leading site in games journalism and they talked with various former and current Epic employees about the work culture at the studio.
Here are some of the choice quotes from the article:
“I work an average 70 hours a week,” said one employee. “There’s probably at least 50 or even 100 other people at Epic working those hours. I know people who pull 100-hour weeks. The company gives us unlimited time off, but it’s almost impossible to take the time. If I take time off, the workload falls on other people, and no one wants to be that guy.
“The executives keep reacting and changing things,” said the source. “Everything has to be done immediately. We’re not allowed to spend time on anything. If something breaks — a weapon, say — then we can’t just turn it off and fix it with the next patch. It has to be fixed immediately, and all the while, we’re still working on next week’s patch. It’s brutal.”
And the punishment for not working the supposedly optional hours was swift:
“I know some people who just refused to work weekends, and then we missed a deadline because their part of the package wasn’t completed, and they were fired,” said another source. “People are losing their jobs because they don’t want to work these hours.”
With all the money Epic was making, some of that went back to the producers which helped them endure, but there’s only so many back-t-to-back weeks people can work:
“It is a hard, grindy, crunchy life,” said one source. “Everyone understands. You are being paid more money than most people will ever make in their careers anywhere else. Your time is bought and accounted for; shut up, keep your head down, and do the work.
Those weekly patches that keep Fortnite fresh put an absurd amount of pressure on developers. How do you think the community would react if they came out every two weeks instead?
“As Fortnite Battle Royale became popular, it changed to having to get a feature done, with hardly any notice, and then having people stay until that feature was ready. So we went from having a month to prepare, to sometimes having as little as a day. A lot of it was mandatory staying at work with no notice until the job was done. Marketing had made a promise, and so we were told that it had to be done.”
There are tons more interesting points made in the article so check it out if this is interesting to you. They also cover responses from Epic spokespeople to bring the other side of the story.
Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite
Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!
Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.
Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!
Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite
Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.
Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.
The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.
The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:
- Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
- Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
- Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
- If all Props are not found, the Props win.
Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).
Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.
Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021
|Island Name||Island Code||Creator|
|Prop Hunt: Modern Mall||1679-1165-5282||Regirom|
|Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe||8851-5874-9250||Regirom|
|Lazer Tag Prop Hunt||4313-9914-2759||Puzzler|
|Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition||9565-6442-7019||Shride|
|Mall Prop Hunt!||7666-6510-5877||Gamerzhits|
|Prop Hunt Infinite||7263-1478-7522||Puzzler|
|Prop Hunt: The Simpsons||3913-1259-2687||Marablind|
|Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt||1534-1221-2242||SHAVERMAN46|
|Stranger Things Prop Hunt||7011-8363-9120||Mr_glaisternator|
|The Office Prop Hunt||3006-8634-9197||Mr_glaisternator|
|Prop Hunt With Abilities||9249-3264-0093||TeamUnite|
|Prophunt: Esports Villa||5097-8380-0119||H4llover4ter|
|Silhouette Prop Hunt||5176-4146-5073||ChannelFN|
|Swimming Pool Prop Hunt||3487-1374-0131||Fortniteart|
|Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt||6180-5637-0525||Shinohara|
Epic Games vs. Apple court trial starts today, lasts three weeks
The court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today and will last for roughly three weeks before any decisions are made.
The long-awaited court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today, May 3, 2021, and will last roughly three weeks. Epic Games vs Apple could not only decide the fate of Fortnite on iOS devices, but also the future of the App Store.
On August 13, 2020, Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks across all platforms. However, mobile users would have to use a new payment option to receive this discount. This option would bypass Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases by allowing players to pay Epic Games directly.
Apple quickly removed Fortnite from the App Store stating that Epic Games had violated the App Creator’s Term of Service. Epic Games had anticipated its removal and simultaneously launched an in-game event calling for players to rally against Apple. Tournaments were held, merch was released, and the hashtag #FreeFortnite trended to raise awareness of the legal actions being taken against Apple.
Epic Games vs. Apple trial starts
Epic Games filed a suit against Apple alleging that its App Store guidelines are anti-competitive in nature. As well, the suit would not be for monetary gain but to liberate app developers from Apple’s unfair cuts. Apple filed a counterclaim that Epic Games had breached its developer agreements when it implemented a direct payment method.
Now, almost nine months after the Epic Games vs Apple case was originally filed, the court trial is starting. According to legal documents found on the Northern District of California’s website, each party will have 45 hours to plead their case to the United States District Court. The trials will last for roughly three weeks before a verdict is drawn.
The trial starts at 11:15 a.m. EST today, May 3, 2021. Due to the popularity surrounding the case, public access to the court hearing is being offered via phone. Those interested can call 1 (877) 336-1839 and use access code 9403112 to listen to the lengthy trial.
The CEOs of both Apple and Epic Games will speak during the trial. Tim Cook of Apple will argue that Epic Games breached its contract while Tim Sweeney will fight for developer and publisher freedoms.
While the anticipation for the Epic Games vs Apple trial is at an all-time high, decisions won’t be made for the next few weeks. Fortnite Intel will continue to keep readers updated if any big news comes from the trial.
Epic Games explain wagering ban, key remapping, intentional disconnect & more
The Fortnite competitive team have clarified rules around wagering, disconnecting, and more ahead of the Season 6 FNCS.
Epic Games have made a clarification to their ruling on several key competitive Fortnite topics, including wagers, intentional disconnects, and much more.
The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS is right around the corner, and Epic have begun to outline what competitive players can expect.
Now, they’ve released a blog post that outlines some of the biggest issues in the space.
Intentionally disconnecting from a match has been an issue in competitive Fortnite for a while. Ever since the shakedown mechanic has been in the game, players have intentionally left to prevent opponents from gaining intel on their teammates.
“Intentionally disconnecting from a match in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage goes against the spirit of Fortnite competition,” the competitive team wrote in a blog post. “Accordingly, all players must be sure not to disconnect from the game while in a knocked down, ‘Down-But-Not-Out’ (DBNO) state.”
Key Remapping & Wagers
Epic also clarified their stance on key remapping, saying that it is entirely allowed to remap keys in Fortnite. This appears to include the use of ReWASD and similar third-party software, as they specifically mention that double-movement binds are allowed on keyboard and mouse. They only said that inputs like macros are bannable.
On the topic of wagering, Epic said that they don’t allow any wagering within their games. “Betting, wagering, or gambling on any Fortnite match or game may result in one or more of the disciplinary actions discussed above – including, but not limited to, official warnings or an account ban.”
The article also covered some longtime rules like competitive warnings, region locking, and restarting your tournament after you’ve begun. Nothing has changed on this front, but they still went into detail in their explanation.
Whether or not you agree with some of these rules, it’s good to see that Epic are clarifying their stance on wagering, key remapping, and more. Now, players will have no excuse for breaking the rules, as they’re outlined in black and white.
Qualifiers for the Fortnite Season 6 FNCS are set to begin this weekend. Good luck to everyone competing!
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