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Gaming Superstar Has Skin Cancer
Gaming Superstar
Has Skin Cancer

Gaming Superstar Has Skin Cancer

Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, 32, says it was caught early

(Newser) - One of the gaming world's biggest superstars says he has been diagnosed with skin cancer, but it was caught early and doctors are optimistic. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins has around 19 million followers on the Twitch platform, where he is best known for playing Fortnite, Rolling Stone reports. In...

Disney Announces 'Biggest Entry Ever Into World of Games'

Company is investing $1.5B in Fortnite maker Epic Games

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it is paying $1.5 billion for a stake in Fortnite maker Epic Games, working with the game developer to create a "games and entertainment universe" that will feature games, shows, and characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar, and more. "...

FTC Slaps Record Fine on Epic Games Over 'Dark Patterns'
Fortnite Players, Parents
Can Now Claim Refunds

Fortnite Players, Parents Can Now Claim Refunds

Company has agreed to pay back $245M in surprise charges for in-game purchases

(Newser) - The Federal Trade Commission says it has started contacting 37 million to let them know they can apply for refunds for in-game purchases in Fortnite. Epic Games agreed to pay $245 million in refunds as part of $520 million settlement last year for breaching children's privacy and tricking people...

Apple Wins Ruling on App Store Challenge

Maker of Fortnite had been kicked out for using its own payment system

(Newser) - Tech giants can take heart in a federal appeals court ruling issued Monday, which found that Apple does not violate antitrust laws with its App Store policies. The 9th Circuit of Appeals ruled, as a lower court had, that Epic Games did not prove Apple committed anticompetitive behavior, the Washington ...

Judge Uses Tobacco Analogy in Fortnite Addiction Lawsuit

Canadian judge says class action suit can proceed

(Newser) - Lawyers in Canada are urging parents with children addicted to Fortnite to consider joining a class action lawsuit. A judge in Quebec has approved a lawsuit first filed in 2019 from parents who said their children had stopped socializing, sleeping, showering, and eating because they were hooked on the wildly...

Epic CEO on Fortnite Drama: 'Apple Lied'

Tim Sweeney says Apple told Epic the game would be 'blacklisted' until case is resolved

(Newser) - Tim Sweeney, CEO of Fortnite maker Epic Games Inc., said Wednesday it’s been told by Apple that the game will be “blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem” until the companies’ legal case is resolved and all appeals are exhausted, which could take as long as five years, the AP...

App Store Trial Could Reshape Mobile Market

Apple v. Epic Games had a chaotic start Monday

(Newser) - A court battle that could reshape the market for apps on mobile devices got underway Monday—and the Epic Games v. Apple trial had a chaotic start. The dispute began when Apple kicked Epic's "Fortnite" game off the App Store . A court conference call allowed callers to listen...

Apple Hits Back at Epic Games in Fortnite War

Apple wants damages for breach of contract

(Newser) - Apple on Tuesday made its latest move in the company's epic battle with Epic Games. After Epic introduced a direct-payment plan bypassing Apple and Google platforms (which take a significant cut of the proceeds from in-game purchases), both tech giants responded by removing Epic's wildly popular Fortnite from...

Epic Games Says Apple Has 'Retaliated Ferociously'

Company says it is in danger of being 'crushed' in feud over 'Fortnite'

(Newser) - Epic Games says Apple has "retaliated furiously" for its lawsuit in a dispute over Fortnite. Epic says Apple has told it that by August 28, it "will cut off Epic's access to all development tools necessary to create software for Apple’s platforms," including the Unreal...

Battle Royale Looms After Apple, Google Drop Fortnite

Epic Games slaps both firms with lawsuits

(Newser) - Apple and Google dropped "Fortnite" from their app stores Thursday over a dispute about in-game currency, and it soon became apparent that the makers of the hit game had been gearing up for a legal battle. Within hours of the move, Epic Games filed 60-page lawsuits against both companies,...

Apple Drops 'Fortnite' From App Store

Behemoths are in a fight over how customers pay for perks

(Newser) - Apple has dropped the hugely popular “Fortnite" game from its App Store after the game's developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Apple's platform, per the AP . Apple takes a 30% cut from in-app revenue purchases, which has long been a sore spot with developers. “...

One of the Biggest Video Games Ditched Police Cars

They're gone from 'Fortnite'

(Newser) - Fortnite is out with a new game map for players, and one thing is conspicuously missing: police cars. They were visible in previous versions, but no more, reports Kotaku . Players have noticed and were flooding online forums with messages of support and criticism, with most assuming the move is related...

Lawsuit: Fortnite Designed to Be as Addictive as Cocaine

Could become class-action suit in Canada

(Newser) - The maker of the wildly popular video game Fortnite is facing a new lawsuit that has nothing to do with dance moves . Addiction to the third-person shooter game "has real consequences on the lives of players, many of whom … do not eat, do not shower, and no longer...

US Teen Wins $3M at Fortnite World Cup

'This is life-changing for him,' says mom of Kyle Giersdorf

(Newser) - Pennsylvania 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf plays 8 to 10 hours of Fortnite a day, but his parents aren't complaining: Giersdorf, better known as "Bugha," won a record-breaking $3 million Sunday at the inaugural Fortnite World Cup at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, USA Today reports. The contest...

These Kids Make Big Bucks Gaming. Now They're Going for Millions

It's the Fortnite World Cup video game championship, with $30M in total up for grabs

(Newser) - If you're a parent who's been plagued with remorse about letting your child zone out in front of the video-game console, perhaps this competition out of New York City will ease your mind. The Fortnite World Cup, held by developer Epic Games, is taking place this weekend at...

Someone Wants to Host 100-Person Fight to the Death

Except no one would actually die during the 3-day battle on a private island

(Newser) - It'll be a fight to the death on a private island—just without anyone actually dying. A listing on luxe shopping site Hush Hush spotted by IGN has generated some media attention due to its unusual nature. It seeks a "talented game maker" to design the arena for...

Prince Harry: Ban Fortnite
Prince Harry:
Ban Fortnite

Prince Harry: Ban Fortnite

Duke of Sussex speaks out on addictive video games, social media

(Newser) - Fortnite has many fans, but Prince Harry is not one of them. During a recent visit to a YMCA in West London, the Duke of Sussex lashed out at the "addictive" video game, the Daily Express reports. "The game shouldn't be allowed," he said, per Variety...

Fortnite Streamer Gets the Shock of a Lifetime

For ExoticChaotic, it really comes in handy

(Newser) - A Fortnite streamer was stunned earlier this week when a pretty big donation appeared on his screen, Kotaku reports. The streamer, known as ExoticChaotic, can be seen on his Twitch feed : "What a minute," he said Tuesday when he saw the number. "That can't be right....

Why Parents Are So Troubled by Fortnite

'Wall Street Journal' takes a deep look at uber-popular video game

(Newser) - If you're the parent of an adolescent boy, you likely know what Fortnite is. For the uninitiated, it's an insanely popular video game that can be played on game consoles, computers, and smartphones—and, as the Wall Street Journal says in an extensive article on the shooting game,...

He Spawned 'The Carlton.' He Doesn't Want Fortnite Using It

Alfonso Ribeiro is suing maker of 'most popular video game in the world'

(Newser) - The "most popular video game" in the world is accused of hijacking a longtime popular dance move—and the actor who spawned it is suing. NBC News reports Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has filed a complaint against...

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