O n November 14, 2022, Tim Sweeney replied to a tweet from Jaycamp informing everyone of an amazing new detail in relation to Fortnite Creative 2.0, which is expected to launch January 2023. For a while the opportunity to apply for a Fortnite Creator Supporter Code has been limited, leaving some creators to waiting a long time for a chance to publish on the platform. If a creator was to attempt to join the support a creator program at this time, they would be met with a banner displaying that applications for the opportunity are closed.
So Will Fortnite Creative 2.0 Give Everyone Publishing Rights?
The discussion, though rather short, started off with a question from Jaycamp09 stating:
I have a question will you ever add publishing rights for everyone and will you open up the creative publishing rights form again soon?@Jaycamp09/Twitter
This question comes at great time, due to Fortnite Creative 2.0 being just around the corner! Many creators are left to think about what they will do once Fortnite Creative 2.0 launches, and if they will still be able to creator or keep their codes. Creators who are already in the midst of creative machine, have had many thoughts and concerns of their own, for example – will console players need to invest in PC’s just to continue creating on the platform, what will the learning curve be, who will have a head start (for example beta-testers who are creator working with Epic), will creative be a place for hobbyist creators who just like to build and are not in it for the money? A lot of concerns are quietly rumbling on the surface of an already exciting launch to a new movement for the Fortnite Creative Community. So everyone is just wanting patiently to see how things will come about.
The Awesome Tim Sweeney, or Possibly Tim Sweeney as it states on his Twitter Profile. at this time, does enlighten the community with a response to Jaycamp09 question, opening the door to even more questions, some within the box, and even outside of the box. His response was:
We will open up Fortnite Creative publishing submission to everyone who meets various territory specific legal criteria and completes a financial verification process. Submissions will be checked for rule compliance by a team of reviewers.Tim Sweeney/Epic Games
Meeting Territory Criteria
The post is intermingled with verbiage that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For instance, let’s start with : meeting various territory specific legal criteria. It is known that when you apply for the Support a Creator program, you have to provide certain identifying information (i.e. – providing tax info whether you are a business (llc or corp) or sole proprietor). With that being known, then is the statement meaning that they will require the same thing, or will they be limiting the program now to specific territories based on legal requirements for Epic? What do you think?
Financial Verification Process
Next is: complete a financial verification process. This may be something that is already a part of the program application process, or so we think. When applying to the support a creator program, individuals have to submit tax information. However, is submitting tax information the same as a financial verification process? Via Wikipedia, a verification process is:
Verification means “proving the truth” or “confirmation”. Verification is an auditing process in which auditor satisfy himself with the actual existence of assets and liabilities appearing in the Statement of Financial position.
Now we don’t believe Epic will be looking to view assets and liabilities of potential creator publishers, so let’s place that thought out. The process can’t be that intricate of a thing when the creator publishing base is an audience of 13 and up. Will this mean that Epic will place more emphasis on background screening? In fact, background screening has been around for generations. And as more organizations recognize its value, many have begun using this tool. If Epic is going this route, then this would give Epic the ability to make more informed decisions about creator applicants and add candidates to the program who are honest and trustworthy.
Since the verbiage was open to interpretation, many concerns and questions were expressed following this response. Such as this response by Fusion:
And this response which opens the door to another plethora of questions by xOxReQxOX:
Some creators were thinking way outside the box, which is ok. The verbiage itself leaves so much open to interpretation that it is ok to explore all of what it could mean. For example, some creators felt that the response from Tim Sweeney could mean involvement of intricate business procedures, like this response from Dragon:
With so many questions coming to the forefront, we had to ask one of our own.
The entire community feelings and concerns are valid expressions. And the most we can do, as a community, is wait to see if some of our concerns will be responded to. So let us all keep an eye out for more posts made by The Awesome Tim Sweeney, in hope that it will share more enlightenment on what will happen once Fortnite Creative 2.0 launches!
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