Epic Games’ Fortnite has confirmed that it turned off the “Daily” Item Shop on Sunday.
IGN News reported that Travis Scott’s “emote”, a dance movement add-on, was in the game’s Item Shop.
Eight people were killed in a stampede at the rapper’s Astroworld show in Houston, Texas.
Epic Games’ Fortnite confirmed in a Tweet that it “turned off” the “Daily” section of the Item Shop on Sunday. The Item Shop is where players can purchase items to customize their avatars.
“We know that the” Daily “section of the Item Shop has been disabled. This is intentional and the” Daily “section will return with the next Item Shop update, Fortnite Status tweeted on Sunday.
IGN News and The Verge reported that Scott’s “Out West” emote, a customizable complementary dance for players available in the “Daily” section, has been removed from the Fortnite store. Epic Games has not confirmed the reason.
Eight people were killed in a stampede at the rapper’s Astroworld show in Houston, Texas on Friday.
Insider has reached out to Epic Games for further comment on removing the stampede emote and what might happen to other Scott related content in the game.
The tragedy unfolded during the Scott’s Astroworld festival performance at NRG Park in Houston on Friday night when a crowded audience rushed to the stage. The crowd turned into a scramble in sections, killing eight and injuring hundreds.
Live Nation, which promoted Astroworld, alongside Texan festival production company Scoremore, said in a joint statement that the organizers “have done their best to provide local authorities with everything they need from us in order to complete their investigation and get everyone the answers they are looking for.”
“Our staff met with the local authorities to provide information, and we also provided them with all the images from our CCTV camera,” the organizers added. “Offsite loading and equipment is currently on hold to give investigators the time they have requested to walk and document the grounds.”
A criminal investigation is underway and several lawsuits of victims and their families have already been filed against Scott, Live Nation and Scoremore.
Scott said he was “absolutely devastated” by the news, amid criticism that he had not stopped his show soon enough.
“Travis remains in active conversation with the City of Houston, law enforcement and local first responders to respectfully and appropriately connect with the individuals and families of those involved,” Scott’s team said in a statement to Insider. “This is the first of many steps Travis plans to take as part of his personal vow to help those affected through their grieving and recovery process.”
In April 2020, Fortnite hosted the “Astronomical” virtual concert event with Scott where he was rendered digitally alongside his own in-game intergalactic universe; 12.3 million players logged in on the first day of the show, which was a record for concurrent Fortnite users. At the time, Fortnite also launched different dance moves based on Scott’s digital personality.
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