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Epic Games Acquires Rocket League Developer Psyonix

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Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, have been making waves in the gaming industry by snatching up deals to release new and upcoming PC games exclusively on their Epic Games Store. With the latest news that Epic has acquired Psyonix, those deals are now extending into acquiring entire game developers.

If you’re worried that the same exclusivity fate will befall Rocket League, Epic and Psyonix are quick to address those concerns. “In the long term we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.” Epic plans on bringing Rocket League to the Epic Games Store later this year.

In a later update the official statement added: “We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support.”

“Psyonix has always been a part of the Epic family, and we’re happy to make it official,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games. “We have great respect for how Psyonix has built an excellent team and an incredible community around Rocket League.”

Though Rocket League has never come close to Fortnite’s meteoric rise in popularity, it remains a cherished online competitive sports-car hybrid game, and has been one of the biggest champions of cross-platform play.

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Disney, Nestle, Epic Games Pull YouTube Ads Over Child Exploitation Concerns

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Disney, Nestle, and Epic Games (makers of Fortnite) have temporarily suspended their ads on YouTube, following a recent video report by YouTuber Matt Watson.

In the 20-minute video, which has been viewed nearly 2 million times and sent to news outlets and other organizations, Watson details how easy it is to find a seemingly innocuous video with teens and children, whose comment sections are full of child predators who time stamp specific scenes, make suggestive comments, and even share child pornography with each other. Watson says: “YouTube’s recommended algorithm is facilitating pedophiles’ ability to connect with each other, trade contact info, and link to actual child pornography in the comments.”

Because the videos themselves aren’t explicitly pornographic, YouTube’s algorithm hasn’t flagged them. Yet predators continue to flourish. Worse still, YouTube’s recommended videos algorithm suggests similar child-starring videos, making it easier for these activities and communities to thrive.

Many of these videos are monetized, including pre-roll ads for things like Fortnite. In response, several companies, including Epic Games, have paused their ad funding, hoping to send a clear message to YouTube.

“We have paused all pre-roll advertising,” said a spokesperson from Epic. “Through our advertising agency, we have reached out to Google/YouTube to determine actions they’ll take to eliminate this type of content from their service.”

The Verge reported on Epic Games pulling their advertising, and received a statement from YouTube: “Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments. There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”

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Earn Double XP and Get a Free Battle Pass in Fortnite

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Perhaps due to Apex Legends’ huge popularity, genre juggernaut Fortnite is hosting back-to-back double XP weekends, and the chance to earn a free battle pass for season eight. The Valenine’s Surprise event closes out the Share the Love event of February, and season seven overall, which ends Feb. 28

The big surprise is that anyone who completes 13 overtime challenges by Feb. 27 will receive season eight’s battle pass for free. The seasonal battle passes normally cost about $10 in V-Bucks.

You can earn season seven skins by completing five, 10, and 15 challenges. Unlocking five challenges will also reward the Valentine Wrap and Vines Contrail rewards. The first three overtime challenges are:

  • Collection 15 Coins in Featured Creative Islands
  • Search loot boxes at a motel or RV park (7 times)
  • Place Top 15 in Duos with a friend (3 times)

More overtime challenges will become available on Saturday, Tuesday, and next Friday. As further incentive, Epic Games is hosting two double XP weekends. Earn twice the XP when playing between Feb. 15-17 and again during the weekend of Feb. 22-24.

Fortnite is in the midst of the Share the Love event for February. Players can still earn a Culled Hearts Wrap skin by supporting a creator through the Support-A-Creator program, until Feb 22. It’s essentially an affiliate program. When earning or purchasing V-Bucks, your chosen creator will receive a share. To support a creator, enter their Epic game tag in the creator section of the item shop.

Fortnite is available for free on PC (Epic Games store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. It’s rated T for Teen.