Sony responds to backlash over blocking PS4 Fortnite accounts on Switch

Sony responds to backlash over blocking PS4 Fortnite accounts on Switch

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon Wednesday that "Fortnite" had been downloaded more than 2 million times within the first 24 hours of the game's launch on the Switch. "Please try a different Epic account, or visit our help website for more information". Perhaps the Sony rep who crafted the above statement should consider a second career in politics.

"We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", a spokeswoman added.

A spokesperson for Epic Games declined to comment. Some gamers dropped a lot of money on in-game content for the PlayStation version of the game, and it's all locked down on Sony's platform - they can't access it on the Switch or any other version of the game.

We doubt this will appease furious Fortnite fans who are lambasting Sony over its unwillingness to partake in cross-play with other consoles.

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While those moving between Xbox One and Switch have no problems, this isn't anything new as players were unable to share a Fortnite account between Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", Sony said in a statement. "And whether that's Fortnite, whether that's a number of the other games that have cross-platform play on our console, from a developer standpoint that's what we want". Not only does that not address complaints, but it's basically saying that players should be satisfied with this walled garden Sony has created.

Brandwatch has released their report on this year's E3 which measures the popularity of each company's conference and video game titles by studying social media reactions to events as they unfold. Even if games do support cross-play, like Rocket League, the PS4 is kept apart from the Switch and Xbox. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. "And that's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play and some are not". "Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online".

"Fortnite is absolutely massive and it's only going to get bigger - it's about to come to Android - so Sony has got to start thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem". "You have companies like mine that encourage cross-play and enable cross-play".

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