Epic Games are back in court once more, after learning about the shoddy, not to mention shady, Fortnite event that went down in Norwich recently, announcing they have issued a claim against the organisers in the High Court of London.
Needless to say, the Fortnite event in question had nothing to do with the real thing, both in terms of quality and accessibility, which is why it ended up in the headlines to begin with.
Exciting Events, which is what the organisers are called, sold more than 2500 tickets to excited children and their parents, with the lowest ticket starting at £12, ranging up to £32 for unlimited access.
Unfortunately, many parents ended up demanding refunds as what was advertised and expected wasn't what they found at the Norfolk Showground. In fact, the whole thing looked more like an incomplete circus event interspersed with lots and lots of queueing. Fun times.
The organiser defended the event by saying that it was for children, while expressing hope that it can grow into an annual thing. To make matters worse, they're planning on similar events in Spalding and Newark, although we doubt that will be possible now.
Epic contacted Eurogamer with a statement saying, "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."
Fortnite's maker further insisted that they find the quality of their players' experience in high regard, although knowing the sort of heights Epic maintain, the word sacred is probably more like it. Needless to say, the quality of events they throw not only put the charade in Norwich to shame, they blow it off the island. Never mind which one.
Ultimately though, we wonder how Exciting Events thought they would be allowed to organise an event based on others' intellectual property, without asking for permission? Even then, why would you think you can do it more than once?