Epic Games’ financial wealth has skyrocketed since Fortnite’s launch and they’ve used that capital to open a new studio in Cologne, Germany.
In order to grow a company past its current bounds, gaming developers must expand with new studios and technologies. After all, without innovation and hard work, gaming today would not be possible.
Epic Games seeks to advance the gaming industry and their own goals with the opening of a new studio in Germany.
The post has quickly drawn speculation about Epic’s possible dream of creating its own streaming platform to rival Twitch. However, the studio could have other, more Fortnite-centric, goals.
Epic Games potentially making a streaming platform
Epic Games has opened an all-new studio in Cologne, Germany with the intention of pursuing ‘interactive media and streaming technologies’. This was announced via an Unreal Epic blog post on August 15.
The new studio is led by founders from the developer, Factor 5, which made games like Star War: Rogue Squadron. The team members from Factor 5 joining Epic Games have been actively working with Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and others to deliver streaming solutions for live media.
Many are speculating that Epic might be looking open its own streaming platform using the studio’s expertise. This could be a fierce competitor to the likes of Twitch and Mixer on the gaming front.
Epic Games doesn’t mention specifically what the studio is working on, but does mention that the company (all of Epic Games) has 200 open positions in its locations worldwide. If you are game design fan, student, or graduate, you should consider sending in an application.
What does this new studio mean for Fortnite?
While a streaming platform is one possibility for the new studio’s purpose, Epic has been pouring its focus mainly into Fortnite. That leads us to believe that the move will somehow affect the battle royale in the future.
Fortnite currently runs on every single hardware platform possible within reason, but gameplay streaming is the next step forward. Both Google Stadia & Microsoft’s xCloud streaming services will soft-launch later in 2019 and Epic might want a piece of that pie, too.
The new German-based studio could be working on a streaming solution which would allow players to play without the need for a high-end device. For example, Fortnite only runs well on the best smartphones on the market, but with a streamed version, it could be played from anything with a network card and a screen.
As the industry gears up for the next step towards going completely digital, it’d be a surprise to see Epic not going in this direction. Of course, the post does allow mentioned ‘Sony’ and ‘Nintendo’ which can lead one to believe that they’ll work in partnership with these companies to deliver such tech.
Honestly, it’s really hard to say anything for certain just yet about this new Epic Games studio. Whatever the company’s purpose, Epic Games has something up their sleeves for sure.
Waffles unbanned from Fortnite under threat of legal action
Epic Games unbanned pro player, Waffles, after the CarterPulse agency stepped in.
Earlier this week, we covered the story of Fortnite pro player, Waffles, who had been banned from Fortnite after encountering a bug in the FNCS. Waffles killed a player who had used the infinite item glitch to receive an unlimited number of Crash Pads.
After the elimination, Waffles noticed massive stack of Crash Pads on the ground. As anyone would, he began to pick them up to investigate. To his dismay, he was unable to drop them and had to finish the game with no weapons or healing items – only an inventory full of Crash Pads.
Despite everything working against him, Waffles managed to finish third in the game. When he went back to the lobby, however, he saw that he was disqualified from the tournament and banned from competitive Fortnite for 30 days.
Despite all of the evidence showing that Waffles didn’t do this on purpose, Epic support told him that they were upholding his ban. That’s where the CarterPulse agency came in. They responded to one of Waffles’ tweets, telling him to reach out to them.
After that, they went to work contacting Epic Games and outlining the fact that Waffles never intentionally broke any of the rules – a condition for a fair ban. What’s more, the Fortnite competitive rules state that any player must play-out a game in which they encounter a bug, giving Waffles no choice in the situation.
A little over a day after CarterPulse got involved, Epic appeared to reverse their decision to ban Waffles. The pro tweeted, “I AM UNBANNED! THANK YOU @CarterPulse.”
According to other tweets by the agency, they stepped into the situation free of charge. “Anything for the community.” they wrote on Twitter.
CarterPulse also clarified that this was a small mistake within a great company. “Just would like everyone to realize that Epic is a great company who makes mistakes like all of us. Happy to have helped @WafflesFN in getting unbanned!” they wrote.
The unbanning comes just in time for the second week of FNCS qualifiers. Waffles will be able to compete in the next qualifying event and, with any luck, will move onto the grand finals.
Fortnite pro banned for encountering a bug in FNCS
Fortnite pro, Waffles, has been banned from Fortnite after encountering an exploit triggered by another player.
Earlier today, we covered a bug that led to Epic disabling the Motorboat in all Fortnite modes. This bug allowed players to create an infinite number of items in their inventory by following a few simple steps.
YouTuber, OrangeGuy, offered a tutorial on the issue, but it was already known by a large chunk of the competitive community. Players were using it to obtain an unlimited number of Floppers, ensuring that they’d out-heal any player who wasn’t using the bug.
The problem is that you could complete this exploit by accident. What’s more, you could eliminate someone who used the exploit and gain yourself an unlimited number of items. This is what happened to Fortnite pro player, Waffles, during the Season 3 FNCS.
Waffles eliminated a player during one of his matches. When he looked at the ground, he saw a stack of Crash Pads with 100,000 in them. As anyone would do, Waffles started picking them up and investigating – laughing with his friends.
Things took a turn when the Crash Pads took over Waffle’s inventory. He couldn’t drop them and, therefore, wasn’t able to carry any guns. Astoundingly, Waffles came in third place with an inventory full of only Crash Pads. It wasn’t ideal, but he had to use what was available to him.
When Waffles went back to the lobby, however, he found that he had been disqualified from the FNCS competition. A few moments later, Waffles saw that he was banned from Fortnite for nearly 30 days.
This is especially significant because new competitive Fortnite rules state that players who are banned from an FNCS won’t be able to compete in the next season’s tournament. This means that – if everything stands – Waffles won’t be able to play in Trios next season.
Waffles was the player on the other side of the FaZe Dubs situation from last season. This would be his second FNCS ban under questionable circumstances.
Since the ban, Waffles has been posting some of his correspondents with Epic support to his Twitter page. So far, they’ve told him that the ban stands. Waffles even posted an image of him attempting to raise the issue to a manager. He then went from talking with Delta Mike to talking with Echo Mike.
We reached out to Waffles to see if anything else has transpired, and he said that he’s shared everything, so far. He gave his side of what happened, saying, “I killed a guy that had the glitch. I am assuming that guy did the glitch on purpose but I don’t exactly know. All I know is that I picked them up on his body not knowing that I wouldn’t be able to drop them or pick up any guns.”‘
While we were talking, Waffles received an email that confirmed his ban. “I had our Competitive and Anti-Cheat teams manually review the ban and we will not lift your competitive ban,” the email read. We clarified that this ban was only for the exploit, to which he responded, “Yes. Never in my life have I ever downloaded or even tried cheats for Fortnite of any sort.”
This sounds true to us. After all, if Waffles was found to have been using hacks, his account would be banned for longer than 30 days.
We’re hoping that the attention to this situation will push Epic to look deeper into their ruling. Some of the biggest pros in the community have come to Waffle’s defense. The Fortnite Guy’s video on the topic is nearing 300,000 views at the time of writing.
If everything in this situation is as it seems, you can’t help but feel bad for Waffles. He was put in a terrible in-game situation due to someone else’s exploit. Despite not having any weapons, he managed to finish third in the game. Now, he’s banned, disqualified, and unable to play the Season 3 and 4 FNCS – all for a bug that was triggered by another player and actually put him at a disadvantage in-game. We’ll update you with any developments in this story.
What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite?
The implications of a massive investment on the biggest game in the world, Fortnite.
On July 9, it was announced that Sony invested $250 million in Fortnite developer, Epic Games, making them a minority investor in the company. This brings Epic’s total investment capital to $1.58 billion.
Epic has been a major player in video games for a long time but made their biggest mark on the space with Fortnite, the game that we all came here to talk about.
Although Fortnite is Epic’s biggest product, at the moment, the company has their hands in several different titles and sources of income The Epic Games store, for instance, is looking to rival Steam by purchasing some massive games as exclusive content.
According to multiple reports, Sony’s investment in Epic will not affect the release of future titles. It’s not like Epic are going to make Fortnite a PlayStation exclusive. It might work in reverse, however. There’s a chance that Sony could bring some of their PlayStation exclusives to the Epic Games store on PC.
What does this mean for Fortnite? Well, in the words of Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, “Fortnite will never die.” This is a tad hyperbolic, but it’s clear that the gaming industry, as a whole, is ready for Fortnite to stick around for another ten years, or so. It wouldn’t be the first game to have a massive lifespan.
Apart from some additional money to work with, the biggest thing this means for Fortnite is probably in the cosmetic department. Now that Sony is a major investor in Epic, we can expect the developer to scratch their back with some exclusive skins.
Don’t worry, though. PlayStation players probably won’t get any priority when it comes to using new features or anything like that. What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite? Ten more years of our favorite battle royale.
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