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Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Published 14 June 2018 Close Share page Copy link About sharing Sony executives are under pressure to address complaints regarding "cross-play" limitations imposed on Fortnite. Gamers have discovered that if they first played the game on a PlayStation console it is not possible to play the game using the same Fortnite account on the newly released Nintendo Switch edition.Minecraft server list This prevents them from being allowed to use outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards that they've earned. There is no limit in the transfer of data between the Xbox One and Switch. Gamers could not share Fortnite accounts between Microsoft and Sony's platforms. But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play while away from their homes, and consequently, many have bought it as a second games machine. Sony has yet to confirm that it is responsible for the constraint but it has issued the following statement to the BBC. It also stated that it was always willing to hear from the PlayStation community on ways to improve their gaming experience. "With... more than 80 million monthly active PlayStation Network users, we've created a massive gaming community that can play on Fortnite. "We also offer Fortnite cross-play compatibility for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, thereby increasing the opportunities for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more players on other platforms." A spokeswoman said "We do not have anything to add beyond this point." Both Microsoft and Fortnite publisher Epic Games have previously indicated that Epic Games Japanese company had chosen to prevent PlayStation gamers competing against other console owners in Fortnite's multiplayer fight-to-the-death Battle Royale mode. Global hit Sony has been criticized for preventing cross-play in its other games in the past, including Minecraft and Rocket League. Fortnite's immense success means that the backlash could be more devastating. Epic announced this week that the title has 125 million players across the globe. Nintendo announced that the game, which is free to play, was downloaded more than two million times within 24 hours of its release on Tuesday on Switch. Switch gets Fortnite and Super Smash Bros Ultimate PS4's Last of Us sequel kisses then kills Sony's public relations efforts during the E3 video game event in Los Angeles are already under threat from the growing number of complaints. Each time it announces news about its latest releases on Twitter and Facebook, people have demanded that it let them share Fortnite logins and allow cross-play. Annoyed @PlayStation for holding my Fortnite account hostage as they do not want to play with others. It's pretty sad that I cannot connect to a third party account on the Switch because it's tied to PS4. It's a pity @Sony #BlameSony pic.twitter.com/OfRG55meXr - PKMN Maestro Jerry (@PKMN_Maestro) June 12, 2018 How can @Sony PS's motto be "For the players" if they block cross compatibility with everyone... you're not for the players at all #PlayStationE3 #fortniteswitch - Max Hart (@M_H7) June 12, 2018 These are the answers to all your questions about unlocking Fortnite accounts. Good. https://t.co/eiFbAbclSE - Jim Sterling (@JimSterling), June 13, 2018, Since @Sony seems to be blocking #Fortnite cross-play between PS4 and Nintendo Switch, I will be switching to Xbox One as my non-Switch platform of choice to play together with my children. I recommend anyone who can do the same. - Erik Kain (@erikkain) June 12, 2018 The PlayStation 4 is the strongest selling console in the current generation by a large margin, however one industry watcher said that this didn't make it invincible to attacks. "Sony has got to be extremely careful in how it handles the situation," Samantha Loveridge, associate editor of GamesRadar+ told the BBC. "Fortnite is absolutely massive and will only grow - it's already about to come to Android - so Sony needs to begin thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem. "Gamers require explanations as to the reason why this compatibility issue exists in one form or another." Sony allows compatibility with both iOS and PC versions of the game. This suggests that the Xbox/Switch stopping it is a tactical choice rather than a technical impossibility. While gamers await comment from the PlayStation firm, its competitors have taken on the pressure. When asked about the issue Nintendo's North America chief Reggie Fils-Aime explained to the IGN news site: "What competitors do is their choice to make. We believe that being both fan-forward and also developer-forward is best for the game's best interests. One of Microsoft's gaming chiefs and one of its corporate accounts, have also tweeted about this issue. It's great to see cross-play and progression between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Many have an Switch. We look forward to seeing you at the! https://t.co/mMRXj2GA10 - Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) June 12, 2018 @NintendoUK, would you like to play Fortnite later? - Xbox UK (@xboxuk) June 12, 2018 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View the original tweet on Twitter More on this story Fortnite's World Cup to be 'open to all' Video, 00:02:30Fortnite fans flock to the first stadium show. Video, 00.02:30Fortnite enthusiasts flock to the first stadium show 13 June 2018 2:30 E3: Fortnite gets a Switch 12 June 2018 Similar Internet Links GamesRadar+ Epic Games The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.