Monday, November 29th, 2021

Fortnite pulls Travis Scott’s emotes after the tragedy of the Astroworld concert

Epic removed Travis Scott’s “Outwest” dance emote from Fortnite after eight people died at Lapstar’s deadly Astroworld concert in Houston, Texas.

Epic has temporarily disabled the Daily section of the Fortnite item shop. In this section, skins and other cosmetics are rotated and emoted on a regular basis. Scott’s emotes are believed to have been intended to be included in the latest update.

official Fortnite status twitter The account later confirmed the removal of the daily section, but did not mention Scott or his emotes by name.

A spokesperson for Epic Games declined to comment when he received an email from IGN.

Scott’s Astroworld is a music festival held at NRG Park in Houston on November 5th. On Friday, the first day of the event, a crowd rushed in front of the stage where Scott was appearing. At least eight people were killed and many more were injured, according to the report. CNN.. Victims range in age from 14 to 27, and the age of one victim is currently unknown. At least 25 people were taken to the hospital. The total number of attendees reportedly approached 50,000.

As the event and aftermath unfolded, Scott quickly became the subject of intense criticism. According to the event, the event lasted about 30 minutes after a large number of casualties were declared. Yahoo News.. It is currently unknown how much Scott knew what was happening in the crowd watching his performance.

Video from the event collected by Washington post, Shared on social media. One video shows a woman climbing the camera operator’s platform for help, and another video shows a concert attendee chanting “stop the show” behind the crowd. increase.

Scott temporarily stopped the performance at 9:42 pm when he realized that a person in the crowd had died. Scott can be heard paying attention to the deceased and asking the crowd to move away from them. The video of the event shows what looks like a guard in a reflective jacket arriving at the scene.

The second day of the show, scheduled for November 6, was later canceled, and Scott issued a statement that the events of the previous day were “absolutely devastated.”

Scott used to Fortnite’s first major concert event star In April 2020, the rap star was digitally recreated into a towering avatar, dancing around the map of Fort Night Battle Royale and bringing players into space. The event marks the beginning of Epic’s push for greater marketing collaboration and public events. Epic’s own “Metaverse” plan.

According to Epic, the in-game event was watched by 12.3 million people. Epic has released two skins based on Scott’s Astrojack persona, as well as additional cosmetics, including an “outwest” emote. Fortnite has since held similar events for pop star Ariana Grande.

It’s unclear at this time if Epic plans to remove additional content related to the Scott or Astroworld brands.

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Joseph Knoop is a writer / producer of IGN.