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Fortnite nominated for best ongoing game & 2 more Game Awards

Fortnite has been nominated for Best Ongoing Game, Best Community Support, and Best Esports Game at the Game Awards 2020.

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The ongoing pandemic may have put a damper on 2020, with video games being the primary escape for many around the world. Fortnite continued to push boundaries this year, bringing players new ways to experience their favorite game.

The Game Awards is an annual awards show that highlights new games, evolving titles, and standout members of the gaming community. Despite the restrictions, the game awards will continue as planned on December 10.

Three years after the game’s release, Fortnite brought home three nominations in this year’s Game Awards: Best Ongoing Game, Best Community Support, and Best Esports Game.

Fortnite has been nominated alongside Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Destiny 2. and No Man’s Sky in the category of Best Ongoing Game. We think it’s deserving of a win, here, after all that they’ve done in 2020.

Fortnite brought us to a whole new map late last year and continued to develop their new island over the course of 2020. Now, after over a year of development, we’re experiencing what might be the most ambitious crossover in the history of gaming in Season 4 – not to mention that this season feels like a return to form for the game.

What’s even more exciting is the upcoming event that should take place just before the Game Awards kick-off. By all accounts, the next season-ending event will be the biggest in the game’s history – a history that’s full of massive live events.

Fortnite was also nominated for Best Community Support and Best Esports Game. The former would have been laughable at the beginning of the year, but Epic have begun communicating with the community, again.

Best Esports Game seems like a long-shot for Fortnite. It’s in the category alongside games like Valorant, League of Legends, and CS:GO – all some of the strongest esports titles in gaming.

Fortnite has a strong competitive scene, but not nearly as strong as CS:GO and League, at least. Valorant is still young but that game looks to be taking esports very seriously as well. Tournaments like the FNCS have always felt like an afterthought to Epic Games.

The Game Awards will stream live to viewers on December 10 – only a few days after the event that’s set to close Season 4. We’ll have to wait and see if this has any impact on the fandom of the game.

Until then, make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you never miss out on all of the latest Fortnite news.

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Fortnite Galactus event: Nexus War start date and time

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Nexus War event in Fortnite

The exact date and time for the Nexus War finale in Fortnite has been confirmed, and there is little time to prepare for the Galactus event.

The event, which will bring Chapter 2, Season 4 to a climax, as Galactus – aka the Devourer of Worlds – is bombing towards the map to, presumably, destroy it all.

The countdown to the event appeared in-game on November 21, and Epic have now confirmed the exact date and time when the Nexus War will commence.

“It was only a matter of time.” Epic say in their blog post. “Galactus is closing in on the Island and the fate of all Reality lies in the balance. Join the ultimate fight against Galactus in the one-time-only Nexus War finale event.”

When is the Galactus event in Fortnite?

The Nexus War finale event will start on December 1 at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 9PM GMT.

To make sure you don’t miss out, Epic has given some tips to be prepared for the event:

  • DOWNLOAD THE LATEST UPDATE
    If you haven’t already downloaded the 14.60 update, load the game on your preferred device and download today.
  • DOWNLOAD HOUSEPARTY
    Fortnite’s new integration with Houseparty means you can have live video chat in Fortnite (PC, PS4/PS5) while attending the event.
  • GET IN EARLY
    We’ve taken measures to ensure more people can attend the event, but we still recommend everyone log into Fortnite at least 60 minutes prior to the event start. The event playlist is expected to go live 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Of course, even if you can’t play the game yourself at the time, you’ll still be able to catch the action on Twitch and YouTube streams from content creators.

As Epic confirms, this is a one-time-only event, so there won’t be any reruns unlike previous end of season events.

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New feature brings video chat to Fortnite

Epic and Houseparty have joined forces to bring video chatting to Fortnite.

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Epic Games have partnered with the Houseparty app to bring video calls to Fortnite during a time where face-to-face connection is more difficult to come by.

The new feature came with the v14.60 patch, and will allow players on all platforms to video chat with one another while playing their favorite Battle Royale.

To video chat with your friends, you’ll first need to download the House Party app on mobile devices. From there, you can link your Epic and House Party accounts, jump into a game, and video chat while you play.

Houseparty video chat will appear as a bar on the left-hand side of the screen. It will take away a bit of your horizontal field-of-view but it isn’t too intrusive. The primary interface will be on your mobile device.

The app even gives players a Fortnite-themed background so you don’t have to worry about what’s behind you

. Players who link their accounts will also receive the free Rainbow Fog wrap, which is one of the cooler exclusive apps we’ve seen.

Of course, Epic have added some parental controls and safety settings to their new video chat feature. You can access these through the Settings > Parental Controls tab. Epic answered some FAQs and addressed other safety concerns on their official announcement blog.

Players who are unable or uninterested in the new feature will still be able to earn the free wrap by playing with a friend between November 20 and December 4. It’s time to connect with friends in Fortnite like never before!

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Epic brings Free Fortnite movement to Australia with new litigation

Epic Games and Apple continue to trade blows in court, this time moving the battle to Australia.

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Free Fortnite Australia

Epic Games and Apple continue to battle it out over the removal of Fortnite on iOS platforms. Both tech giants are trading blows with one another in court, with the most recent action coming from the game developer.

On November 17, Epic released a press release telling their fans and players that they had taken “legal action in the Federal Court of Australia to end Apple’s App Store monopoly and make digital platforms fairer.”

According to the Epic Games press release, the new lawsuit “alleges Apple’s conduct in its App Store is a misuse of market power and substantially lessens competition in app distribution and payment processes.” Such a suit follows Epic’s similar claim in the United States.

“This is much bigger than Epic versus Apple – it goes to the heart of whether consumers and creators can do business together directly on mobile platforms or are forced to use monopoly channels against wishes and interests,” said Epic Games founder, Tim Sweeney.

“Apple were pioneers of the personal computer, and their original products were open platforms. Anyone could write code, anyone could release software and users could install software from sources of their choosing. Today’s digital platforms must be similarly open to fair competition.”

Apple vs Epic Games

The case that Epic are bringing against Apple is the same in Australia as it is in the United States. This appears to be a way to help maximize their chances of success. Both companies are global entities, after all, and a decision in Australia could change the tide in how Apple handles Fortnite in the United States.

“Epic is not seeking damages from Apple in Australia or the US,” the press release concluded by saying. “Epic is simply seeking fair access and competition that will benefit all consumers.”

This press release and lawsuit is a reminder to US Fortnite players that this battle goes much further than our boarders. No iOS users can play Fortnite – not just users located in the United States. Whatever happens in either of these cases, it seems like it’ll be a long time before Apple users are able to play Fortnite on their devices.

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