Epic Games Are Suing The Organisers Of Norwich’s Fortnite Live Festival

ICYMI, the British city of Norwich - famous for Alan Partridge and Bryan Gunn (one of whom is fictional, and the other Scottish, so go figure) - held a very special Fortnite Live festival on the weekend just gone. And yes, "very special" is a polite way of saying that it was an absolute horror show.

Around 2,800 people showed up for the two-day event, only to find its attractions woefully beneath even the lowest expectations. Only four children at a time could participate in archery, and a single climbing wall could only accommodate three kids simultaneously. There weren't nearly enough consoles to play the game on, either, leaving many who showed up baffled by the lack of preparation.

Needless to say, the queues were soon out of hand, and hundreds of disgruntled adults demanded their money back. One attendee, quoted by The Guardian, didn't mince their words: "Fortnite is all about hunting people down and killing them. I felt like doing that to the people who organised it."

The Fortnite Live festival made international headlines due to its awfulness. But if that wasn't a big enough kick to the knackers for its organisers, Exciting Events, here's a steel toe-capped boot of a follow-up: Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, are beginning legal proceedings against the festival.

Fortnite Live Main Stage (Credit: SWNS)
Fortnite Live Main Stage (Credit: SWNS)

Epic Games released a statement to Eurogamer, which reads as follows:

"The quality of our player experience is incredibly important to us, whether it's inside the game or at official public events like last year's Fortnite Pro-Am. Epic Games was not in any way associated with the event that took place in Norwich, and we've issued a claim against the organisers in the High Court of London."

Head of Exciting Events, Shaun Lord, had previously said how he hoped Fortnite Live would become an annual event in Norwich, claiming that despite the many complaints levelled at him and his team, the weekend's event was a "fantastic show".

That certainly won't happen now - at least not in the way that Shaun had planned. As a result of Epic's action, Exciting Events has ceased trading, as of today (19 February), according to local press. All future Fortnite-themed events the company had planned are now toast. Nasty, cold, burned toast.

Did you go along? Why? This had DISASTER written all over it in all-caps. Is there any way back for event organisers? Let us know - we're on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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