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Video game makers to sue organisers of calamitous ‘Fornite’ themed event

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Epic Games, makers of the hugely popular online computer game ‘Fortnite’ are taking legal action against the organisers of a UK ‘live experience’ event that was based on the game.

Fortnite is widely regarded as the most popular computer game ever and has become a cultural phenomenon. Since its release in 2017, the game’s popularity has exploded. Victory dances that are featured in the game, including the “floss”, have been banned by some schools after they became a craze among children. With the Battle Royale version attracting more than 125 million players in less than 12 months and in the process, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in fees per month, it is estimated that the games revenues exceeded $2.4 billion in 2018.

The recent ‘Fortnite Live’ event took place in near Norwich in Norfolk in the UK, with just under 3,000 people turning up for the event. Many attendees complained that the events attractions were extremely disappointing and that ticket prices were way too high. The organisers, Exciting Events, has already provided some refunds to disgruntled customers, many of whom had spent hours queuing for the event.

An Epic Games spokesperson commented said:

The quality of our player experience is incredibly important to us, whether it’s inside the game or at official public events like last year’s Fortnite Pro-Am. Epic Games was not in any way associated with the event that took place in Norwich and we’ve issued a claim against the organisers in the high court of London.”

Despite the threat of legal action, Exciting Events owner Shaun Lord has indicated that he intends to stage the event again next year, saying:

There are a lot of people who have told me they have had a fantastic time and their kids have thoroughly enjoyed it. We will take everybody’s feedback into consideration and we will act on it.”

Lord claims that many of the 2019 event’s problems, in particular around the organisation and long queues, stemmed from nearly half of his staff not turning up on the Saturday. He claimed that Exciting Events were trying to process refunds, but that they were ‘dealing with people on an individual basis’.

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