Epic Games Cracks Down On Fortnite Chapter 1 Maps

Epic Games recently announced that they will not be monetizing maps from older chapters in Fortnite Creative 2.0. This decision has sparked a lot of controversy within the Fortnite community, with many players expressing disappointment.

With the release of Creative 2.0, Epic Games has drastically improved the mode. With the new mode, players can add their custom 3D models and animations, change terrain, and more.

Creative 2.0 allows players to create whatever they want, which is why Epic does not want players to recreate older maps. Furthermore, there is a copyright issue.

Epic Games want Fortnite players to be original

By removing the crutch of pre-existing maps, players will be forced to think outside the box and come up with their own unique designs and layouts. Older maps belong to Epic Games and are Epic’s intellectual property, which is why players are not allowed to use them.

Epic Games is committed to regularly releasing new maps and content for UEFN. This will ensure that players always have fresh and exciting options to work with. By constantly updating the game and adding new content, Epic hopes to keep players engaged and interested in the game for years to come.

The video game developer has made an exception that will allow players to publish their own remakes of Chapter 1 maps. However, this goes for only Chapter 1 maps and nothing else. All the other islands will remain ineligible for monetization.

Considering that the map creation takes a couple of months, many creators want to be paid for their maps. However, this change will force players to be more original.

We are granting a special and specific exception to allow creators to publish their own remakes of the Chapter 1 maps.

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Some creators will keep making the OG map

Reboot Royale, another project to restore the OG map, posted an interesting tweet. The team behind the project will release its OG map, despite lack of monetization. However, it is very unlikely that many other teams will follow suit.

Fortnite OG map
Atlas Creative has already published its Fortnite OG map (Image via Epic Games)

Creating complete maps takes months and requires a team of at least five people. Due to this, we expect Fortnite creators to develop more unique maps in the future. Many creators focused on the OG map, which is a big reason why Epic Games decided to disable monetization for it.

Additionally, there is a copyright issue. Epic owns the Chapter 1 map as its intellectual property. Due to this, players are not legally allowed to use it.