Fortnite makers Epic Games sue people behind 'Fortnite live'

Lawrence Kim
February 21, 2019

In an email sent to a ticket holder seeking a refund, Shaun Lord, a director of Exciting Events, admitted problems with queues but said: "The vast majority of children loved Fortnite Live Norwich".

However, the organizer of the not-so-epic event told the Eastern Daily Press that not only would the festival be back, it'd be 'bigger and better'.

Spalding-based organisers, Exciting Events Limited, announced its decision on Tuesday after legal action against it by United States firm Epic Games which owns Fortnite.

According to Eurogamer, Exciting Events intended on carrying out the remaining two days of the Fortnite Live Norwich festival, but Epic's response has now put a stop to that.

Fortnite Live was meant to be a celebration of all things related to the blockbuster game, but in the grand tradition of other festivals such as the infamous FyreCon or Rain Furrest, it crashed and burned spectacularly.

The BBC has asked Exciting Events for a comment.

The event advertised "Live Games playing throughout the day, Dance Battles to end all battles, Challenges, Crazy Competitions, Awsome [sic] activities, Screens of your favourite YouTubers playing non-stop and of course Shopping, and so much more!"

Ticket prices were reportedly too high and only some people received refunds at the time. Sadly, the attendees described the event as filled with long queues that were ultimately met with dismal attractions for the high entry fee.

According to EuroGamer, Epic Games plans to sue the organizers behind the event, with a spokesperson for the company stating that it wasn't involved with the United Kingdom event.

But it takes more than an idea to pull off a festival, and Exciting Events neither had the resources nor the staff to support this unlicensed Fortnite experience.

On comparisons to Fyre Festival, he added: 'To relate to that was a bit harsh.

Around 2,800 people showed up for the two-day event, only to find its attractions woefully beneath even the lowest expectations.

Visitors to the festival were charged up to £22 for a ticket and a further £20 each for wristbands to take part in attractions.

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