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Why the Travis Scott Fortnite skin was a mistake

Fortnite and Travis Scott collab was a mistake, the community says. (Image via Sportskeeda)
Fortnite and Travis Scott collab was a mistake, the community says. (Image via Sportskeeda)
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Rishabh Sabarwal

The Fortnite and Travis Scott collab drama saw Epic Games remove the Texas-based rapper's skin from the game altogether last month in light of the Astroworld Music Festival tragedy. It was one of the most-purchased in-game outfits after a record 12.3 million viewers watched his "Astronomical" performance in 2020.

Players also saw his alias Astro Jack's skin in the Item Shop. Both outfits were bought by the community and worn with pride by the rapper's fans.

But that quickly changed after what happened in November 2021 at one of his concerts. The community switched sides and called Travis' Icon skin a mistake by Epic Games.


Travis' skin removed by Fortnite

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The skin was considered one of the rarest in a player's locker. It had two selectable styles that Loopers could wear in-game.

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On November 5, 2021, Travis Scott was performing at his Astroworld Music Festival when a horrendous tragedy unfolded, as a stampede left 10 dead and several more injured. The spectators screamed out to stop the concert, but the organizers and Travis reportedly continued with the show.

Ever since, the rapper, his security team and the organizers have been blamed for failing to ensure the attendees' safety.

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The player community began retaliating against the use of the Travis Scott Skin, which led to Epic removing it and refunding players with the actual V-Bucks value of the outfit.

you did not just compare travis scott's tradgedy,,to a fucking fortnite skin. https://t.co/TjQTmhUHqf

Some players call Travis' Icon skin a mistake by Fortnite due to the safety concerns that surround his events.


The origin of Fortnite X Travis Scott collab

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Towards the end of Chapter 2 Season 2, Fortnite organized an in-game event called Astronomical, which featured Travis Scott's music and skins. Whoever logged in to the event received a free Rollercoaster glider.

As part of the collab, Epic launched two skins and two emotes that were expressions of Travis' signature moves and his music. The event was held on April 23, 2020 and fans had gathered in-game at Sweaty Sands to witness the humongous avatar of Travis singing, with exciting first-time features such as underwater swimming. It was certainly one of the most ambitious in-game events to date.


Edited by Sandeep Banerjee
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