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Fortnite adds bluetooth controller support on iOS, Android

Image: Epic Games Fortnite is a video game, a meme machine, an occasional subject of controversy, and now… a concert venue. Marshmello set up shop on a virtual stage set up inside the game on Saturday. He was there to perform, and that’s exactly what he did. The proof is all over social media. Fortnite maker Epic Games treated the whole thing like an actual, real world event. Construction work on the stage began earlier in the week, as players discovered when they ventured into the Pleasant Park section of…

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Epic sheathes Infinity Blade after Fortnite fan backlash

Epic, the maker of the insanely popular, cross-platform third-person shooter online game Fortnite, has ‘fessed up to a gameplay misstep when it dropped a super powerful new weapon into the battle royale arena earlier this month — triggering a major fan backlash. Complaints boiled down to it being unfair for the overpowered weapon to exist in standard game modes, given the massive advantage bestowed on whoever happened to be lucky enough to find it. Earlier this month Epic had trailed the forthcoming Infinity Blade as “a weapon fit for a…

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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process,  Unlike Apple, which only allows apps to be downloaded from…

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