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Fortnite is available on the Nintendo Switch starting today

And less than 24 hours after it was released for the Nintendo Switch, another 2 million people downloaded it.

As one of the most popular titles in the world at the time of writing, a major aspect of Fortnite has been its "free-to-play" nature across platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Nintendo Switch.

The block means that players can carry over their progress, purchases, and skins from Fortnite on PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One.

While it certainly has the numbers to sustain a good experience for its paid PlayStation Network subscribers, it's doing a disservice to games and their communities in the long run with its anti cross-platform position.

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At its essence, the issue stems not only from stopping Switch players playing with those on PS4, but also from Sony locking accounts created on the PS4 to their platform. In comparison a Fortnite account can log in and play on iOS, Android, PC, Nintendo Switch, or Xbox One.

Epic Games declined to comment on the situation, but Nintendo President and COO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon at E3 that there is not much that it can do when it comes to the ways that other companies handle their gaming accounts. These links leave Siliconera. You would think that Sony would have learnt some humility after their mistakes with the PS3, but apparently not. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. Now, thanks to an announcement by Nintendo, it's now been confirmed that Epic will be bringing Fortnite to the Switch hardware with immediate effect.

On Switch - "This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch". Minecraft and Paladins are a few more examples where Sony gates off its player base. Some gamers dropped a lot of money on in-game content for the PlayStation version of the game, and it's all locked down on Sony's platform - they can't access it on the Switch or any other version of the game. "That's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play, and some are not".

It's no secret that Sony are against cross-platform play between consoles, going so far as to hide its reasoning for not supporting the idea behind technological shortcomings and the idea that it needs to protect its player-base from the scourge of the internet.

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