Fortnite Fans Enraged With Sony After Epic Accounts Blocked On Nintendo Switch
During Nintendo’s Direct presentation at E3 2018, fans were truly excited for one thing: Smash Bros. Well, they got what they wanted, but other players were looking for something a bit different. They were seeking some glorious Battle Bus action, and that is exactly what they got – Fortnite was not only announced for the Nintendo Switch today, but it was also released shortly after.
This brought a bounty of joy to the hearts of many gamers, but PlayStation 4 players who wanted to try out the Battle Royale title on their portable consoles were quickly met with one hell of a fort blocking their entry. It turns out that Sony is so anti-cross-play that they won’t even allow users with an Epic Games account to bring their progress over to the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite. As one might imagine, some gamers looking to take their Victory Royales on the go were having absolutely none of it. Here are a few responses (explicit language ahead, like, right out of the gate):
FUCK. YOU. SONY.
So because I DARED to play Fortnite on the PS4 at one point, I'm not ALLOWED to use my account (that I've already spent money on) to play on the Switch. Why?! Because SONY is blocking it because they refuse to have cross-platform.
FUCK. YOU. SONY.
— Justin McDaniel 🏳️🌈 (@JUSTINtime4aLAF) June 12, 2018
Sony need a kick up the backside to be more consumer friendly
I can’t use my Epic account with Fortnite on Switch, because I have a PSN account linked
Unlinking it won’t fix it, I’ll need a new account.
Losing all progress
Because Sony lock this option out pic.twitter.com/0SJ10EPm7w
— RODEO THE MONONOFU (@socialanigirl) June 12, 2018
.@PlayStation, fix this.
Not allowing me to sign-in to Fortnite Switch with my Epic account because it's linked to PS4 is tone deaf and points more to fear than market dominance.
It does the opposite of what you want — it makes me think about moving to Xbox for Fortnite. pic.twitter.com/D9xqv9aWdF
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) June 12, 2018
In the tweet above, you can see the message that is displayed when a PS4 Fortnite player attempts to login on the Nintendo Switch. It reads, “This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch.” (Epic shade incoming) “Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account.”
On the flip side of things, those who have only played on PC and now the Nintendo Switch will receive a similar message if attempting to give it a go on the PS4. It says, “The Epic account you tried to link can not play on the platform. Please try a different Epic account, or visit our help website for more information.”
Very disappointed in Sony holding PS4 #Fortnite players' Epic Games accounts hostage from playing on the Nintendo Switch. I understand not wanting to cross play with Xbox, but the Switch is a fundamentally different console.
— Justin 🇹🇹 (@YourMindAches) June 12, 2018
Happy for @EpicGames/@FortniteGame and @NintendoAmerica; a great day for Switch gamers otherwise marred by @PlayStation hubris, ineptitude or some combination thereof. Hope everyone can play nice in the future and sort this out for gamers who invested on PS4. pic.twitter.com/4xGtffiJfy
— Kevin Pereira (@Attack) June 12, 2018
Well said, Kevin. The fact that something like this is taking place in 2018 can be seen as rather ridiculous. Hardware companies should be getting over the Great Console War, well, most have… everyone is just left waiting for Sony to get on board. Whether Fortnite will be the game to accomplish such a feat remains to be seen, but it will be interesting moving forward.
Fortnite is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and iOS devices. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as we monitor this story, and for other gaming news going on right now, check out the following:
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What say you, gamers? Have you already encountered this problem when trying to play Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch? Do you believe Sony will ever come around to the idea of cross-play for everyone? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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