Travis Scott’s ‘Out West’ emote removed from Fortnite store following festival tragedy

Fortnite is currently not available Travis Scott’s “Out West” emote. This is due to an incident last week at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, in which eight people were injured, and eight others were killed.

Epic Games removed the Daily section from the Fortnite Item Shop in an attempt to stop Travis Scott’s “Out West” sale. Out West, an Icon Series emote introduced to Fortnite in August 2020 and featuring a clip from the same song, is called Epic Games. Reddit posts claim that the emote was briefly available in the Daily section, but it disappeared shortly after Epic disabled the entire Daily section.

Fortnite Status’s Twitter account confirmed that Daily was disabled inadvertently but didn’t mention Scott or the Emotes by name.

A representative from Epic Games declined to comment, but the timing of the appearance makes it seem very likely that there is a connection. The Out West emote was seen in the Daily section on November 7th, possibly coordinating with the Astroworld festival. This happened the day after eight people were killed in a crowd surge during Scott’s performance. CNN reported that over 300 people were treated in a nearby field hospital.

Troy Finner, Houston’s police chief, said that he met Scott before the event and expressed concerns about the public’s safety. Finner tweeted, “I asked Travis Scott (and his team) to work with HPD on all events over the weekend and to be aware of his team’s social media messaging for any unscheduled events.” “The meeting was short and respectful and allowed me to express my concerns about public safety as chief of police.”

Scott was criticized for performing for longer than 30 minutes after police declared the festival a mass-casualty incident. Yahoo News reports that Samuel Pena, Houston’s fire chief, declared the festival a “mass-casualty event” at 9:38 PM. However, Scott continued performing until 10:15 PM.

Scott posted a Twitter statement saying he was “absolutely devastated” and “committed” to working with Houston to heal and support those in need.

He said, “Houston PD has all my support as they continue looking into the tragic loss in life.”

In 2018, Scott created the Astroworld Festival. It is named after the now-defunct Six Flags AstroWorld Park. In 2020, the event was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, Scott hosted the hugely successful Astronomical Event in Fortnite. Scott earned approximately $20 million, including merchandise sales. Following the deaths of two people, the live event attracted approximately 50,000 participants in 2021. However, the second day was canceled.

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