‘Fortnite’ removes Travis Scott emote after concert tragedy
Once upon a time, Travis Scott Fortnite The concert was one of the biggest gaming stories of the year and a testament to the power of video games in bringing us together. Now, after the artist’s tragic concert in Houston, which left eight people dead and many more injured, Fortnite can’t get away from the artist fast enough. Epic Games has removed a Scott-themed dance emote called “Out West” from the game’s Daily Store.
Given the situation, it’s easy to see why publisher Epic Games would make this decision, but they did it in a very roundabout way. The official Fortnite Status The Twitter account posted an oddly worded tweet announcing that the “daily” section of the Item Shop has been deactivated. This tweet didn’t mention Scott or the emote, however. Fortnite fans noted that the emote had to be included in the Daily Shop to coincide with the end of Astroworld.
An unnecessary tragedy – While the circumstances of the murderous gig are still being investigated, reports suggest the eight dead and hundreds injured were caused by a crowd surge during Travis Scott’s performance. More than 300 people were treated in a makeshift hospital set up to treat the injured on Friday. Some spectators are still in critical condition as of this writing, and Scott has already been sued by at least one Texas law firm for “inciting chaos.”
More Fortnite fans applauded the decision to remove the emote – at least temporarily – following what happened over the weekend. Currently, players who own the Travis Scott character skin or emote can still use them in-game, and some players are requesting a temporary content lockout to prevent heartache and other abuse. Generally speaking, Epic does not discuss such matters in public, so we are unlikely to see anything other than this tweet as a statement.