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Fortnite Switch won't accept accounts linked to PlayStation 4

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Now it's one thing to refuse to implement crossplay on PlayStation 4 but it's a whole another thing when linking your Fortnite account to a PS4 prevents you from playing Fortnite on the newly announced Nintendo Switch. Antisocial much?

As the old saying goes, if you can't join them, ruin their fun. Okay, there's no such saying but it seems Sony have one exactly like it. If your Fortnite account is linked to PS4, trying to access the same account on the Switch displays the following message.

"This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account."

As you can imagine, users aren't happy, and that's putting it mildly. True, Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to play and you can open as many accounts as you'd like, but what about any cosmetics you purchased? What about Battle Pass weekly challenges? How about players actually owning their accounts?

There's no way we've heard the last of this and in all honesty - I hope Sony pay for this dearly. I don't care what their legal terminology states, Sony has no legal grounds to prevent a PS non-exclusive from being played on whatever anyone cares to play it on.

There's been no official confirmation or denial by Sony. Epic's wording in the above message is arguably pretty clear, but there's more. Some users already fired up Fortnite's Switch account on PlayStation 4 and got a message saying, "The Epic Account you tried to link can not play on this platform." Having read this, I've no doubt this is all Sony's elitist fascism.

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Not that we aren't used to that from Sony and PlayStation 4, who've by now differentiated themselves as the only enemy of cross-platform gaming. I mean, even Nintendo, also known as Apple of the Rising Sun, decided to go with crossplay, but Sony have different ideas. How PS4 owners still stand for this is truly beyond me.