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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.

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Evolution Game Partners with Stack Up Charity for Launch Stream

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North Star Digital Studios is launching Evolution: The Video Game, based on parent company North Star Games’ award-winning 2014 card game, Evolution. To celebrate the launch, they’re partnering with military veterans’ charity Stack Up for an all day live streaming marathon today.

The stream will begin at 7 am Pacific/10 am Eastern at North Star Games’ Twitch channel. Members of the development team will play Evolution: The Video Game. They will also feature a rotating selection of guest streamers, tvgBadger, bifuteki, and yujoon.

The show will begin and end with a talk show-style format. Members of North Star Digital Studios will discuss the game’s development, including art and mechanics, as well as Stack Up’s charity work.

Watch live video from NorthStarGamesTV on www.twitch.tv

Stack Up is a charity program aimed at helping members of the US armed services. It includes suicide prevention, mental health advocacy, and support networks. Its Supply Crate program helps bring donated video games and other entertainment to deployed military members.

The all day stream will end tonight at 11pm Pacific/2 am Eastern.

Evolution is a card game in which players must grow their own species in size and population. Select important traits with cards, avoid carnivores, and amass the most amount of food before the deck runs out.

At launch the video game includes a 24-level single player campaign, online and local multiplayer, and cross-platform play.

Evolution: The Video Game is available on PC (Steam), iOS, and Android mobile devices. You can grab it for 20% off during the discount launch sale through Feb. 18.

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It’s Christmastime at Hogwarts in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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Mobile RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’s next seasonal event celebrates Christmas, beginning today. All four wizarding houses will feature a prominent Christmas tree. Players can jump onto the official social media channels to vote for their favorite ornament.

To celebrate the holidays, each Hogwarts House is getting an appropriately themed Christmas tree: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw, and yellow for Hufflepuff.

Starting on December 6 through December 12, players can vote on their favorite ornaments. The ornaments will be shown via the official Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

The winner will be displayed on each Christmas tree on December 13 via a special video. This tree-reveal video will also tease a new limited time side quest featuring the Weasleys. It was also reveal DIY instructions on how to create your own real world replica of the winning tree ornament.

“Players of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery are highly engaged in not only the secrets, spell- casting and classes of Hogwarts, but also its rituals and celebrations,” said Josh Yguado, Jam City President and COO. “The winter holidays are a special time at Hogwarts, and we invite players to join us in bringing the cheer and trimmings of the season to the legendary school. We’re excited to celebrate the holidays with fans, and look forward to the many adventures ahead!”

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is available on iOS and Android.