The creator of 'Fortnite' is trying to shake up the PC gaming industry - here's why a lot of fans are very upset over it
- Epic Games is the veteran game development studio that created "Fortnite," in addition to many other games over the past 25-plus years.
- In late 2018, Epic leveraged its massive "Fortnite" player base to launch a major new initative: The Epic Games Store.
- In the following months, Epic has made several moves to take on Steam - the dominant digital storefront for PC gaming - and some people are furious.
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With hundreds of millions of players, "Fortnite" continues to be the biggest game in the world - but that won't last forever."Fortnite" creator Epic Games is aware of that, and it's no surprise that the company is making moves to leverage its massive "Fortnite" playerbase into something longer-term: The Epic Games Store.
Here's what's going on:
1. December 2018: The Epic Games Store launches.
2. Epic arranged for a series of increasingly high-profile exclusivity deals — and this upset some folks.
3. In retaliation, people "review bombed" the previous games in the franchises that became Epic Games Store exclusives.
4. The backlash to the Epic Games Store has stirred criticism of Epic's relationship with Tencent, a major Chinese stakeholder.
5. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney denies allegations of spying through the Epic Games Store app.
6. Why are people mad? And what's next?
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