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Report: Jason West, co-founder of Infinity Ward & Respawn, has joined Epic Games

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A new report from The Game Awards creator and industry veteran Geoff Keighley suggests that Jason West has joined Epic Games.

Jason West was one of the original founders of Infinity Ward and one of the creators of Call of Duty franchise. West was joined by Vince Zampella who both co-founded Infinity Ward and the Call of Duty series. The two worked together on the original Call of Duty titles and Modern Warfare series at Infinity Ward before leaving the studio because of the well documented situation between the two and Activision.

After leaving Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella both co-founded Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall, Apex Legends, and more. Jason West, however, left Respawn in 2013 after founding it and left Vince Zampella in charge as the CEO. It was not clear whaat Jason West was set to do after leaving Respawn.

Now, Keighley’s tweet states that Jason West has joined Epic Games to work on game development efforts at the studio.

It’s not clear if Jason West is working directly on Fortnite at Epic Games as of now. Epic Games does not have any officially announced games in development beyond their current work on Fortnite and the Epic Games store.

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Fortnite FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1: dates, times, Twitch drops

Fortnite FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 is here! Here’s how you can watch the live broadcast and earn free FNCS cosmetic rewards.

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The Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 FNCS is here, and players can earn free cosmetic items just by watching.

Each season of Fortnite has a mix of content that helps keep a wide variety of players entertained. There are goofy weapons and vehicles for casual players and a change to the meta for competitive players.

As well, Fortnite allows competitive players to compete for cash prizes. This happens during the Fortnite Champion Series or FNCS for short.

FNCS is an open tournament that anyone can compete in. There are five different regions players compete in over the course of seven different events. Those who choose not to play can earn free cosmetics just by watching.

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 Dates and Times

The Chapter 3 Season 1 FNCS is split into three separate events in five different regions. These events are the FNCS Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and Finals.

The regions represented are Europe, North America East, North America West, Brazil, and Asia. Each region will have a separate broadcast time, and Brazil and Asia will be cast in Portuguese and Japanese.

The FNCS Qualifiers will take place on February 18th and 20th. The Semi-Finals will be from February 25th to 27th. And the FNCS Finals will be on March 5th and 6th.

RegionTimes
Europe1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT / 7:00pm CET
North America East4:50pm ET / 1:50pm PT
North America WestApprox. 9:15pm ET / 6:15pm PT
Brazil4:00pm BRT
Asia6:00pm JST

How to watch FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1

There are a few different ways you can tune in to the FNCS broadcast. The first is by watching the official FNCS Livestream at watch.fortnite.com.

You can also watch it on any of Fortnite’s official accounts on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and even TikTok.

Lastly, you can watch the FNCS inside of Fortnite via the new Legends Landing Creative island. You can gain access by using the Island Code (3303-7480-5925) or by finding the map in the Discovery tab.

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Earn FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 Twitch Drops

With every new season of FNCS comes a new set of rewards for players to unlock. These rewards are given to viewers who tune in to FNCS on Twitch.

Players first need to link their Epic Games account to their Twitch account. This will allow them to start unlocking in-game rewards by watching streams with Drops Enabled.

As well, you can earn rewards while watching FNCS at Legends Landing. You will still need to link your Twitch and Epic accounts to do so.

Players will earn a new reward for tuning in each week. There are four rewards in total for players to unlock.

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How to get the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite

Fortnite has added a new Ariana Grande skin. Here is how you can get the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin and her style variant in Fortnite.

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Ariana Grande has returned to Fortnite! Here is how you can get the new Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite.

Nickelodeon child star turned international superstar, Ariana Grande has been immortalized in Fortnite. Along with a one-of-a-kind digital experience, Fortnite released the official Ariana Grande skin.

Other musical artists such as Travis Scott, Marshmello, and Major Lazer have also appeared in Fortnite. Epic Games also hosted concerts for Scott and Marshmello that rivaled Grande’s.

However, neither Scott nor Marshmello have had skins added to the game later. As for Ariana Grande, Fortnite is adding the new Spacefarer skin which depicts Grande as an intergalactic bounty hunter.

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Unlocking Spacefarer Ariana Grande in Fortnite

Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to unlock Spacefarer Ariana Grande in Fortnite without the use of V-Bucks. That’s right, players have to purchase the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin from the Item Shop.

Spacefarer Ariana Grande, as well as the original Ariana Grande set, will be available on October 21 at 8 PM EST. It will likely cost 2,000 V-Bucks like the last Ariana Grande skin. However, we will update the price when it is officially released.

The Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin comes with a built-in emote that drastically changes the look of the skin. There’s also an alternate style that players can unlock via challenges.

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Unlock Spacefarer Ariana Grande’s Captain A. Grande style

The Spacefarer Ariane Grande skin has a secret bonus style that players have to unlock. In order to unlock the style, players will have to purchase the base skin and complete the Ariana Grande challenge punchcard.

The Ariana Grande NPC is located on the boardwalk at Believer Beach. Here are her punchcard challenges:

  • Collect a Record and place in a turntable x 2
  • Study the Caretaker’s Footprints x 2
  • Collect Symbols from eliminated Cube Monsters x 5
  • Reveal the Command Symbol x 1
  • Launch Signal Flares x 3

You will unlock the bonus style as soon as these challenges are completed.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock the Season 8 Cube Queen skin, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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The future of Fortnite Mobile on Apple devices won’t be decided for 2-3 months

The Epic Games vs Apple trial has ended, but Fortnite Mobile’s return and the trial verdict are still months away.

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Following the Epic Games vs Apple trial, the judge announced that a verdict won’t be issued for up to three months. This means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to Apple devices for at least two months.

Fortnite mobile was removed from the App Store on August 13, 2020, following a breach of contract with Apple. Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks that mobile players could only have if they used a direct payment method. This undermined the 30% cut Apple takes from all in-app transactions which is against its Terms of Service.

Following Epic’s announcement, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and prohibited future updates. This was then met with a lawsuit from Epic Games claiming that Apple’s digital storefront policies are anti-competitive. The trial officially started on May 3, and has since concluded.

Fortnite Mobile’s return is months away

While the three-week trial officially concluded on May 21, we still don’t know who won the trial. At the end of the evidence portion of the trial, the judge announced she would issue a verdict before August 13. However, she also stated that she wouldn’t have a verdict before June 7.

Epic’s platform during the trial was that Apple’s 30% cut of all transactions promotes anti-competitive behavior. Epic Games made it clear before and during the trial that this suit was not for monetary gain, but was to fight for fair policies for all app developers. Towards the end of the trial, it seemed as if the judge was starting to sympathize with Epic’s position.

According to Twitter user imgoldenyt, the judge was intensely criticizing Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on the lack of competition on iOS devices. The judge at one point stated, “It doesn’t feel like you feel competition, and a reason to change the matter in which you act.”

Regardless of the judge’s assumed position, we still won’t know the result of the trial for a couple of months. This also means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to the App Store within this time frame. Even if Fortnite isn’t declared the winner, Apple has extended an invitation to have Fortnite back on the App Store if it abides by store policies.

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