The video game Fortnite has a dance and character action section called emotes and for what appears to be a response to this past weekend’s deaths and catastrophe at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, he’s been removed from their emote shop. In fact, their daily section has been removed. The emote, titled Out West, which featured a sample of the song featuring Young Thug was among the items removed from their daily section. It was originally on sale to coincide with the festival but given how that turned out, it isn’t exactly a reminder anyone wants to see right now.
In a brief statement on Twitter, Fortnite wrote, “It’s known that the “Daily” section of the Item Shop has been disabled. This is intentional and the “Daily” section will return with the next Item Shop refresh.” In April he held a virtual Fortnite concert where he was digitally created as an avatar for the game with 12 million people tuning in to watch.
It’s known that the “Daily” section of the Item Shop has been disabled. This is intentional and the “Daily” section will return with the next Item Shop refresh. pic.twitter.com/rc6Kqh7qoW
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) November 8, 2021
As for the 300 injuries and 8 deaths that occurred at Astroworld Festival this past Friday, he released a statement saying, “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.
“I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need,” he continued. “Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
Full refunds were given to all attendees of the show and he’s vowed to pay for all of the funeral expenses for each of the family members that died in the stampede as well as free mental health care for those affected. That’s quite a lofty offer but when you’re on the verge of facing some pretty strong legal consequences, it’s the least you can do.