Sony's Shares Drop Following Fortnite and Nintendo Switch Backlash

Noel Cummings
June 15, 2018

It doesn't name Sony specifically, but we know that's who's behind the block. So, if you are a Fortnite lover, and you are a Switch owner, the game is available right now for you to grab.

While many fans were able to jump onto their Switch consoles, log in to their Epic Games account, and continue where they left off, those attempting to play on a PS4 linked account weren't so lucky. Well, despite the backlash from its wide player base, Sony doesn't appear to be budging on its stance.

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"With. more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles". "We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", the Sony spokesperson finished. It's completely non-commital and, ultimately, utterly arrogant. Then again, if it was simply a matter of tweaking some back-end stuff, you'd think the typically quite responsive Fortnite team would've either resolved the issue or at least explained it by now.

"This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch". It is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sony released a statement to BBC in an attempt to de-escalate the situation, but their response lacks any real information. And while it's out and it's excellent on Nintendo's handheld, there's one thing fans are still bitter about, and it's Sony's cross-play policy.

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Sony's stock may be taking a hit in the wake of crossplay problems with red-hot video game "Fortnite", but its fellow video game company and competitor Nintendo has taken the issues in stride. 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. (Unless keeping its console separate from the others becomes a deal-breaker with consumers, in which case even Sony might be persuaded to stop creating artificial boundaries along console lines between players.) Games will remain fragmented. You may end up having to if it's important to you to be able to play anywhere, but this isn't a choice players should be having to make, not in this day and age. "That's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play, and some are not".

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