Epic behind on Fortnite Summer Smash payments
Players are alleging they haven’t been paid their winnings from this past January
Epic Games must really be in financial dire straits. It’s the only reason that would explain why, according to players from this past January’s Fortnite Australian Open Summer Smash, some players are still waiting for their winnings. Certainly, Epic would never intentionally announce a tournament with cash prizes and then decide to withhold the cash.
According to “ttvLeftRightGN,” who was due to take home $1,000 at the event when he played under the moniker LeftRightGN, he and 24 other players are still waiting to collect their share of about $187,000 that has yet to be paid out from the tournament’s prize pool. Players Araki and Naapr, who finished in second and third place, respectively, are still owed $50,000 each.
Epic has reportedly tried to argue that it wasn’t an Epic-sanctioned event and, therefore, the company isn’t on the hook for the payments. This is causing further issues, because the tournament rules were distributed by Epic and the event was promoted on the company’s official channels. It also saw participation from several well-known Epic-linked streamers, including Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo.
Just ahead of the event, Epic even sent out emails to players asking them for their payment details. Some of the players have already received payments, while others haven’t. At this point, tracking down the origin of the payments would be the best way for players to confirm whether or not Epic is involved and if it needs to be forced into making good on the remainder of the outstanding payments.