Sony Stock Drops After Fortnite PS4, Switch Account Controversy

Florence Fletcher
June 15, 2018

It doesn't name Sony specifically, but we know that's who's behind the block. And it's horrendously bad, the kind of thing you would have your brother write for you as a sick note. Players need to create an Epic Games account to play, or sign in with an existing one.

As one of the most popular titles in the world at the time of writing, a major aspect of Fortnite has been its "free-to-play" nature across platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Nintendo Switch.

The backlash against Sony for blocking Fortnite cross-play on the PlayStation 4 with other console gamers is growing.

"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", though the company doesn't really address the problem head on, stating that it has "nothing further to add beyond this at this point". It was understood that cross-play on the PS4 version of Fortnite would be limited to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, but nothing was said about not being able to use your account on the Switch. It's completely non-commital and, ultimately, utterly arrogant. "It does the opposite of what you want - it makes me think about moving to Xbox for Fortnite".

The release of Fortnite on Nintendo Switch was inevitable but still a very welcome bit of E3 news - especially with the whole "it's out now" angle. Though the error message you receive when you try to log into Fortnite on Switch with a PS4-associated Epic account squarely puts the blame on the platform itself (in other words, Sony), it's odd that unlinking your PSN account doesn't even fix it.

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But the move leaves Fortnite players with the feeling that they are being punished because Sony views the success of the Switch as a threat to the PlayStation 4's dominance of the current generation of consoles.

Sony has yet to confirm it is responsible for the constraint, but it issued the following statement to the BBC. The lack of cross-play means any purchases they've made on PS4 won't carry over to the Switch.

Sony's contribution to the madness features the Sony Days of Play: a sale running through June 18 that features a sick-looking limited edition PS4, controllers, and savings up to $200 on insane VR bundles and games like God of War.

Complaints about the matter are already threatening to overshadow Sony's publicity efforts at the E3 video games show in Los Angeles.

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