- Epic Games
- After it became clear that Fortnite players who owned a Nintendo Switch and a PlayStation 4 were only able to use their account on one of the platforms, players were not happy with Sony.
- The company issued a response, but they didn’t directly address the Switch and it left many players unsatisfied.
- Sony still has not explained why they are blocking players from playing on the Switch.
After facing a wave of backlash, Sony issued a response on Thursday to its controversial decision to bar Fortnite accounts on PlayStation from being used to play Fortnite on Nintendo Switch, a problem that Fortnite players on Xbox won’t face if they want to play the game on the Switch.
Many players, however, feel Sony didn’t adequately address the issue.
The confusion began earlier this week, when Fortnite launched on the Nintend Switch and players who had their Epic Games account linked to their PlayStation quickly realized they were unable to play the game on their Nintendo Switch – and vice versa.
When attempting to log on to the Switch version, players who faced the issue were greeted with this message:
“This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch,” the message reads. “Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Games Customer Service are able to change this. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account.”
So is there a good reason why Sony won't let me connect my Fortnite account to my Switch? My Fortnite account was originally made on MY PC, not my PS4? What the hell?
— Dawko (@dawkosgames) June 14, 2018
In a statement to BBC, Sony provided a response that many felt dodged the heart of the issue.
“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience,” a Sony spokesperson said. “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 also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms,” the statement continued. “We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point.”
After the statement began making the rounds online, many players took to social media to voice why they weren’t satisfied with the response.
I had pretty low expectations for Sony's eventual statement on the Fortnite account stuff. Somehow, the company managed to disappoint anyway! This is a comically bad response, bragging about the number of PSN users without acknowledging the actual issue. https://t.co/T8VjffUiWd
— Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar) June 14, 2018
Sony's weak statement for the Fortnite scandal makes me very angry pic.twitter.com/rMFt448XGw
— Ben Walker (@MrBlueDeadpool) June 14, 2018
If Sony doesn't unblock cross-platform play with Fortnite, it's handing Xbox and Nintendo some really great marketing tools for the holiday season.
— Jezident Evil 2 ???? (@JezCorden) June 13, 2018
I love PlayStation, but am glad people are getting pissy at Sony about the Fortnite thing. Their response is pathetic. “We get why you’re mad, but first let me tell you many consoles we’ve sold”. No, let me stop you right fucking there.
— Andy Corrigan (@FlameRoastToast) June 14, 2018
So Sony is obviously spite-locking out Fortnite players if they go play on the Switch then come back to PS4, and they're not admitting they're doing this. Reggie's response to the controversy is pretty good. pic.twitter.com/xKdcFeXs7P
— ????A Gay Cat???? (@c0ralsky) June 14, 2018