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‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games Will Pay Record $520M in FTC Privacy and Billing Settlement

Epic Games will issue the largest customer refund in history in connection with unwanted charges in Fortnite — $245 million — and pay a record penalty of $275 million for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. “Epic put children and teens at risk through its lax privacy practices, and cost consumers millions […]

iHeartMedia Plans to Host Metaverse Concerts In ‘Fortnite’ Virtual World (Exclusive)

iHeartMedia has launched its first virtual world on Fortnite, called iHeartLand, as the company extends its marketing investments into the metaverse and toward younger audiences. iHeart, which brought in $954 million in revenue during the second quarter, first announced plans in January to launch its own branded virtual world on platforms like Roblox as part […]

‘The Northman’ Game Tie-In Set to Release Ahead of Movie Premiere

Focus Features on Friday revealed a partnership with gaming firm Loaded to release a custom, playable role-playing game in Fortnite inspired by Robert Eggers’ action-adventure film The Northman, and intended to drive engagement around the film’s upcoming premiere. From Friday, members of the public can access Vengeance: Inspired by The Northman — which includes over twenty […]

Sony, Lego Owner Invest $2B in ‘Fortnite’ Publisher Epic Games

Epic Games, the publisher of the popular video game Fortnite and creator of the Unreal Engine graphics software that is popular with Hollywood, has raised $2 billion in a new fundraising round from Sony Group Corp. and KIRKBI, the owner of the Lego toy and entertainment brand. Epic says it will use the cash infusion […]

‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games Acquires Bandcamp

Epic Games has acquired the music marketplace platform Bandcamp, the companies said on Wednesday. Bandcamp will continue to operate as a standalone marketplace, led by co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond, but the platform will use Epic Game’s resources to expand internationally and improve its live streaming, mobile, search and payment capabilities. The music marketplace will […]

Universal, Fortnite Team to Reimagine Classic Monsters With ‘We Will Be Monsters’ (Exclusive)

Universal Pictures’ classic movie monsters will be stalking a new frontier this Halloween weekend: the 21st century platform of video games. The studio has partnered with Epic Games and its massive online video game Fortnite for an original, animated shortform miniseries titled We Will Be Monsters that updates characters such as the Bride of Frankenstein […]

Balenciaga and ‘Fortnite’ Team on Fashionable Clothing for Gamers

The IRL collection is $395 to $1,290, but players can shop the in-game pieces for a fraction of those prices.

How Epic Games Built ‘Fortnite’ Rift Tour for Gamers and Ariana Grande Fans

Epic Games is smashing the virtual concert glass ceiling with its latest Fortnite event, the Rift Tour. Starring Ariana Grande, this glittery, rainbow-infused musical journey follows last year’s “Astronomical,” a mind-bending, out-of-this-world audio adventure that brought rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld to life in a colorfully trippy eight-minute set. The latest concert experience realizes Grande’s classic […]