Epic Games sues Fortnite Live event organisers

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Epic Games has launched legal action against the organisers of the recent, disastrous Fortnite Live event which took place in Norfolk on 16 and 17 February.

Fortnite Live, at the Norfolk Showground near Norwich, garnered dire publicity due to long queues, high ticket prices and a lack of compelling attractions. Speaking to Kotaku, a spokesman for Epic Games 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 FortnitePro-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.”

Since then, as documented by the Norwich Evening News, Shaun Lord, the organiser of Fortnite Live, announced that the company behind the debacle, Exciting Events Limited, has been wound up: “Epic Games, the owners of Fortnite, have now forced the shutdown of the two pre-booked future Fortnite Live events, with the immediate removal of all promotional communication from the public domain, which is why you will have seen all of the Fortnite Live media disappear. These proceedings by Epic Games [have] 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.”

Although Exciting Events did refund some disappointed ticket-holders on the day, others are now unlikely to get their money back given the company has ceased trading. For more Fortnite-related news, keep an eye on the battle royale game’s website.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.