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Fortnite profits are sliding from 2018 highs according to SuperData

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With a game as popular as Fortnite, profits are bound to fluctuate from time to time.

A new report from SuperData, a division of Nielsen, details the highest earning games for the month of May.

This data shows a significant drop in Fortnite’s profits in relation to other games and to the past history of profits for the game.

Fortnite made $203 million in May which is absolutely a great return on the game, but only is good enough for fifth on the list of PC Games but stays number one on consoles.

That $203 million is a combination of revenue from PC, mobile, and console games but those lists take each individual revenue stream and match them up against each other.

It isn’t clear from the chart how Fortnite stacks up against other titles in the mobile space.

Chart from SuperData

While that chart doesn’t provide a ton of info on differences in revenue, a paragraph below the chart gives more context to Fortnite revenue numbers:

Fortnite gets a boost from Season 9 but is still far off from its peak. Fortnite made $203 million across console, PC and mobile, up significantly from April but down 38% from May 2018. Console continues to contribute the largest share of players and revenue.”

There’s some interesting data there. A significant improvement from April is absolutely a good sign for the game but may be simply explained by a new season – and thus a new Battlepass – beginning in May while April was just a continuation of a Season 8.

The drop off in revenue from may 2018 is not a good sign either. That indicates a couple of things. First that people aren’t spending as much or that there are less players in general. What is also means is that the competitive scene hasn’t brought really any value to Epic Games.

Last May no competitive Fortnite events had taken place and the esports scene hasn’t impacted spending on the game at all according to this data.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Epic Games respond to reports of Fortnite account leaks

Epic Games have responded to reports of Fortnite account leaks. According to them, everyone’s Fortnite account should be safe.

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Fortnite pro Jonathan “Yung Calculator” Weber claimed that Fortnite account emails were being leaked to the public. Epic have responded, clearing the air.

Leaderboards are one of the most engaging elements of any competitive game. For top players, leaderboards allow them to see how they stack up against the competition – whether in a tournament or with a season-long competitive ranking.

In Fortnite, leaderboards are generally used for stat tracking and tournament placements. In the early hours of January 22, however, Fortnite pro Yung Calculator alleged that Epic Games were leaking sensitive information to the public.

In a Twitter video, the Fortnite pro alleged that leaderboards were leaking emails to the public, allowing bad actors to reset the passwords of popular players.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account,” Yung Calc said. “That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone,” he continued. “Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

Once this all came out, several people began pushing back. Data miner @FNBRUnreleased went so far as to say that something like this isn’t possible. “It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information.”

Epic Games respond to leaking allegations

This all led to an official statement from Epic Games. After investigating reports, they issued a tweet telling their followers that this isn’t the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

Yung Calc eventually deleted his tweet, saying that “I’m also deleting the original tweets since I say that Fortnite Tracker caused it, when apparently they didn’t.”

Pros were, reportedly, still getting logged out of their accounts at one point. On this front, Calc said, “I’m not a coder, don’t expect my knowledge to be 100% on that stuff. What I do know is that it def wasn’t Casper the ghost going around logging out pros.”

In the end, it’s good to know that our accounts aren’t getting leaked to the public. To Epic’s credit, they were quick to react to this news and put everyone’s minds at ease.

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Epic confirm incoming fix for pay-to-win Fortnite superhero skins

Epic Games have confirmed that they’re working to address community pay-to-win concerns regarding Fortnite superhero skins.

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Epic Games developers have responded to player requests regarding the all-black variant of the customizable superhero skins.

Fortnite is no stranger to pay-to-win controversies. The first came in the form of the Deep Dab emote, which allowed players to duck under windows and get free shots on their opponents.

After that were the Plastic Patroller and Toy Trooper skins. These skins blended in with the grassy background of the map, making them far more difficult to see than the brightly-colored alternatives.

Thankfully, Epic fixed both of these problems by adding a delay to emotes and dirt to the toy soldier skins. Now, though, they’re facing a similar controversy with the customizable superhero skins.

Reddit and Twitter users have recently noticed something that competitive Fortnite players knew since these skins first hit the Item Shop: the all-black versions are difficult to see.

The problem has only gotten worse, as recent Fortnite updates have made the nighttime even darker. Console players don’t have the option to turn off shadows, which means finding these corner-campers is nearly impossible for them.

Following the outcry on Reddit and social media, the developers responded to a thread, calling for them to fix the issue.

Epic Games staff member, u/gstaffEpic, told Redditors, “We’re looking at it. Thanks everyone for raising it.”

We assume that a fix for this problem is coming sooner rather than later. In the past, Epic have always been quick to address community concerns when it comes to pay-to-win items. They changed all of the other troublesome cosmetics throughout Fortnite, and we expect their handling of the superhero skins to be the same.

Unfortunately, it seems like the easiest fix would be to disable solid-colored superhero skins. We hope this doesn’t happen, but it would be better than all-black pay-to-win skins hiding in corners around the map.

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