Fortnite NFL: Epic Games Offers Refunds for the NFL Skins

Back in July, we saw a monumental name change in the world of EA’s Madden NFL 21. The National Football League team from Washington announced the decision to change its name to something not considered to be a racist slur. They eventually settled on the relatively safe Washington Football Team. This real-life change has since spawned some ramifications in the gaming world. Outside of the aforementioned Madden NFL 21, it would seem that Epic Games will take a similar stance in Fortnite. Subsequently, the Fortnite NFL skins have been revamped.

According to Fortnite Intel, the Fortnite NFL skins previously made available in 2018 have removed the offensive name and logo. The eight skins consisting of Rush, Juke, Interceptor, Blitz, Strong Guard, Spike, Gridiron, and End Zone still retain the colors of the Washington Football Team though.

Voting with your wallet

Fortnite NFL skin Refund

In lieu of the change, Epic Games is allowing players to get a refund for a limited time. Best of all, you can do so without the use of a refund token. Entering the game will see an in-game message informing players of the initiative. You will be able to refund any Fortnite NFL skins, until the deadline of November 13. With players only getting three refund tokens, this move will enable players to make an easier decision. Normally, the tokens can be used to claim refunds on any eligible items within 30 days of purchase with no questions asked.

To obtain a refund, simply head to your profile page in the settings. Select Lifetime Return Requests, and you should be able to see the Fortnite NFL skins as an option. If the option is unavailable, it could be due to the fact you’ve already used all of your refund tokens. You may need to play a game or enter and leave Creative mode to get the option to display properly. The refund will net you 1500 V-Bucks, which can then be used for other purchases such as Halloween skins.


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Fortnite Maker Epic Games Sues Apple

1. Fortnite has been removed from the App Store by Apple

Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store on Thursday after Epic Games revealed that players could buy V-Bucks (Fortnite’s in-game currency) at a discount if they avoided purchasing the game through the App Store.

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2. Epic Games has filed an injunction against Apple for taking Fortnite off of Apple’s App Store.

In the complaint, filed on Thursday, Epic Games alleges Apple is participating in anticompetitive practices by forcing the company to charge higher prices on App Store in-app purchases, such as for V-Bucks in Fortnite.

 

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“Apple goes as far as to gag app developers, preventing them from even mentioning to users the option of buying the same content outside of the app. For example, by purchasing content directly from the app developer, or using a web browser,” the complaint reads. “Because Apple has a monopoly over the distribution of iOS apps, app developers have no choice but to assent to this anticompetitive tie. It is Apple’s way or the highway.”

3. Apple wants to work with Epic Games to resolve this issue

“Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem. Including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely, and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store,” the spokesperson said. “The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users.”

Digital Trends also reached out to Epic Games to comment on the lawsuit. We will update this story when we hear back.

It seems Epic Games was expecting Apple to remove the game from the App Store. Since aside from the lawsuit, the company also announced an event titled Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite 1 p.m. PT on Thursday. The event took place in Fortnite’s Party Royale mode and was a parody of Apple’s famous 1984 TV commercial.


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