Epic Games has secretly disabled the Travis Scott Emote from the Fortnite store just days after the rapper’s controversial Astroworld concert in Houston, Texas, where 8 people died due to negligence.
Epic has so far not revealed its intentions behind disabling the emote, but it is believed that the developer has decided to steer clear from associating itself with the rapper for the time being. Epic went so far as to disable the whole “Daily” section of the item shop and they even posted a tweet confirming that the section will be enabled soon with the next item shop refresh.
Some believe that the Travis Scott emote was included in the latest update and was supposed to be offered in the “Daily” section rotation in the future.
Previously, Epic worked with Scott for Fortnite’s first major in-game concert event in April 2020. The concert was attended by more than 12 million players and quickly became a digital sensation. Epic also released several cosmetics to celebrate the success of the show including two skins based on Scott’s Astro Jack persona, plus an “Out West” emote.
Scott’s Astroworld concert took place on November 5th in Houston’s NRG Park. Videos are floating around the internet which shows that the crowd surged on the first day of the show and overwhelmed the security present at the show. Some videos also show that during Scott’s performance the crowd was uncontrollable and a stampede-like situation happened, crushing some attendees. At least eight people have been killed, with many more injured, according to CNN. Victims ranged in age from 14 to 27, with one victim’s age currently unknown. At least 25 people were transported to the hospital. The total number of attendees reportedly neared 50,000.