With how popular Fortnite has become, what better way to spread panic throughout the gaming community than to start a rumor that the game is being shut down? It appears that that’s what someone intended to do when they created a fake tweet from the official Fortnite Twitter account that “announced” the end of Fortnite. The tweet that was supposedly an official message from Epic Games about the future about Fortnite said that the shutdown was coming as a result of a “
The tweet that was shared online can be seen below along with some obvious errors that made the tweet seem so suspicious.
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Just from looking at the tweet, there are more than a few problems with the message that would make many suspicious of the announcement. Aside from the obvious “
Though the tweet was circulated online and caused many a scare, Epic Games apparently didn’t get the message that their hit game was shutting down judging from the game’s Twitter account.
Downtime has started for the v3.5 update. What's packed inside? Dive into this weeks patch notes to find out! https://t.co/sWSpe62JAv— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 11, 2018
The suspect tweet supposedly came from the Fortnite Twitter account on April 10, but if you look through the actual account, there’s no such tweet included in the many that come from Epic Game each day. Quite the opposite, in fact, as Epic Games has continued to provide players with info about upcoming changes and other features. Just a day after the announcement was supposedly tweeted, Fortnite tweeted news about the v3.5 update that’s now available.
No mention of the tweet has been spotted from Epic Games through the official Twitter account or other means of communication, but that didn’t stop those online from getting worked up about the idea of Fortnite shutting down.
Like most do, people took to Twitter soon after the rumor started to either confirm or deny it while voicing their own opinions on the shutdown scenario. As expected, a bunch of Fortnite players weren’t happy to hear the news and were understandably skeptical, but others who don’t appear to play Fortnite weren’t quite as disappointed by the news. Girlfriends and boyfriends being stolen away by Fortnite
Is it true that fortnite will be shutting down may 24th???!!!!— Lucas Spam (@SpamLucas) April 12, 2018
Wait is Fortnite actually shutting down after May or it just a rumour i'm so confused— isabelle (@isabelleox_) April 12, 2018
Why does everything think that @FortniteGame is shutting down? It’s literally not on their twitter anywhere ??♂️??♂️??♂️— Harry Cutting (@hxz80) April 12, 2018
Fortnite servers are shutting down which means you will all get your boyfriends/girlfriends back + everyone back to CoD.— Cozels (@cozels) April 12, 2018
Aside from people seeing the rumor and retweeting it or spreading it on without questioning it, there is one possible reason why so many may have
A few days before the tweet was dated
Rules of Survival and Knives Out are two games that are published by NetEase, and both of them bear striking resemblance to PUBG. PUBG Corp filed a lawsuit against the publisher for copyright infringement while mentioning in the official complaint that PUBG has and will continue to “suffer irreparable harm” as a result of the games’ infringements.
“PUBG has suffered irreparable harm as a result of Defendants’ infringing activities and will continue to suffer irreparable harm in the future unless Defendants are enjoined from their infringing conduct,” the lawsuit reads.
The complaint can be read here, and though Epic Games and Fortnite aren’t mentioned, it does provide somewhat of a basis for a rumor to appear about Fortnite being shut down. That’s not happening though, so Fortnite players can continue going after those Victory Royales.