A few days ago, an unofficial Fortnite festival held in the English town of Norwich ended in disaster. Now, Epic Games is suing the organizers for using their game’s name and imagery without permission.
A Fortnite-flavored trash Fyre.
Fortnite Live, held from February 16-17 in Norwich, UK, billed itself as “the ultimate Fortnite Battle Royale!” The event boasted features such as dance battles, rock-climbing, archery, big-screen Youtuber broadcasts, and banks of PCs to play the game. About 3,000 people paying £12-20 for tickets ($15-25) arrived to the event. Much like the infamous Fyre Fest, the event wound up a disaster. Complaints include massive delays for entry, low-quality attractions, and having to pay to play Fortnite, which is normally free.
A couple days after that mess, Epic Games is suing Exciting Events, the organizers of that event. Exciting Events said in an email to a ticket holder seeking a refund that the event was an “unofficial” fan event. However, Epic Games is having none of it. A spokesperson said to Kotaku:
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 organizers in the High Court of London.
Meanwhile, the legal case is forcing Exciting Events to make some drastic changes. In addition to cancelling some future Fortnite festivals, owner Shaun Lord said:
These proceedings by Epic Games has had a catastrophic impact on the company’s ability to trade, which has forced Exciting Events Limited to cease all trading activities immediately and the director of Exciting Events will now seek to limit the losses to third parties as far as possible.
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