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Fortnite developer Epic Games acquires Rocket League developers

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Epic Games has acquired the game development company, Psyonix, and its famous Rocket League game. This is a major acquisition that could be telling of future consolidation.

Epic Games has been busy with developing Unreal Engine and Fortnite for quite some time. The staff has been reported to be over-worked, but Epic Games may have found another way to expand their gameplay offerings.

Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

Power levels rising! – via Psyonix

Psyonix, the creators of Rocket Leagues, has been bought up by Epic Games.

The company is mainly known for the development of Rocket League. The acquisition could be a major sign of Epic’s plans for the future as they seek to grow beyond Fortnite.

Fortnite has enabled Epic Games to become the forefront creator of video games, but they require additional staff in order expand game development. Building new studios takes time, but acquiring established studio is a much safer venture.

Psyonix put out blog post to explain some of the initial questions that fans might have about the purchase. You can read the entirety of the post on their website.

Psyonix promises that the team will remain the same at the studio level, but with the added power of Epic Games’ backing. Details of this backing are not yet known.

“What happens to the Psyonix team?”

‘We are the same team that we’ve always been, only now, we have the power and experience of Epic Games behind us!’

While we don’t doubt the statement to be currently true, Epic Games will now (presumably) have control over the company’s future. Changes are almost inevitable, no matter what the studio currently says.

“No, really. What does this mean for Rocket League?”

‘In the short term, nothing will change at all! We’re still committed to providing Rocket League with frequent updates that have new features, new content, and new ways to play the game for as long as you’ll have us.

In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.’

As Epic Games moves Rocket League to the Epic Games Store, this might mean that the game will no longer be accessible on other online platforms like Steam.

“What does this mean for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem?”

‘We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources, just like it does for the game itself. We really do believe that you’ll find our future in esports to be very exciting — especially in the near future, where on June 21-23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) finals will end our 7th season with a bang!’

Psyonix must, of course, keep a positive tone within their own acquisition post, but a little context should be added.

Epic Games has been notoriously bad at running Fortnite’s esports features. Their refusal to follow the example of other major esports and their lack of a dedicated competitive ruleset have set Fortnite’s growth back significantly.

With this said, Epic Games may seek to learn from Psyonix’s own example as they have been able to resurrect Rocket League’s esports through careful work.

What does this mean for Epic Games?

Epic Games may be seeking to consolidate the gaming industry – via Epic Games

The acquisition should not affect Fortnite’s development in the slightest. Epic Games will not be moving staff over to Psyonix as the studio already has a full development staff.

Some minor positions may change for possible crossover projects, but the overall structure of both companies will remain the same.

As for the future, this new purchase sheds a little light on Epic’s plans. Not to be melodramatic, but we believe world domination may be on Epic’s minds.

By consolidating large companies into a single entity, Epic would get a piece of everyone’s pie. It’s business practice that has been taking over many other industries in the past two decades.

For example, most of the brands you know and love are actually owned by a single corporate mega structure. While this is great for the business, it often hurts consumers as the quality of service begins to decrease due to little competition.

In many ways, Epic’s parent company, Tencent, has already begun to rapidly take over the industry. They own rights to many of the most well known gaming franchises as well as many movie studios.

An extreme example of this is the news media industry where six companies own almost all US news. You can see why such a phenomenon might be a problem.

It’s a form of legalized monopoly. We will have to see if Epic Games decides to walk down that path or are they simply trying expand their pool of games just a tad?

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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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.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

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 NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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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.

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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.

Fortnite Apple in game event

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.

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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.

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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.

Intentional Disconnects

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.”

Fortnite Season 6 balance update

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.”

Fortnite Season 6 leaked weapons

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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