The developer of the shooter game Fortnite announced by email that all LAN competitions would be canceled until next year.
There will be no Fortnite events on-site this year.
This has been announced by Epic Games, the development studio of the popular game.
The reason for this is the global pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused growth in the gaming industry, but the need to participate in trade fairs and tournaments is increasing among fans. At least with the Battle Royale hit Fortnite, this will probably not happen in the near future.
Epic Games notified organizers and esports teams that by the second quarter of 2022 no «Fortnite» LAN games will take place – or until «the global impact of the virus diminishes». A screenshot of the message shared on Twitter also states that, apart from Fortnite, no other tournaments will be held by Epic Games on site.
Why was this decided?
The answer may be obvious because of the pandemic, but there is more to it than that. In the USA, for example, offline gaming tournaments could take place due to current regulations, but the “Midwest open circuit” planned for June 12 in Kansas was canceled.
Epic Games justifies this and other deletions with the fact that the studio views the matter globally and “certain regions do not share the situation in the USA”. From an economic point of view, however, a LAN tournament is rarely worthwhile for the operator, as he has to pay for electricity costs, equipment and usually also sleeping places.
What is a LAN party?
The abbreviation stands for “local area network”, ie a locally set up network. Computers are connected and a game is set up without an external server, greatly reducing user delays. That is why the technology is often used in professional competitions. The Fortnite World Cup in summer 2019 and several other events planned for this year would have been on site and mixed many players from different regions and countries.
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