Following the tragedy at the Coachella Music Festival, Travis Scott's emote "Out West" was pulled from the Fortnite marketplace.
The Item Store's Daily section has been deactivated entirely.
Following a tragedy at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston last week, where eight people were killed and many more were injured, the "Out West" emote is presently unavailable in Fortnite.
Epic Games appears to have disabled the Daily portion of the Fortnite Item Shop to prevent the sale of Travis Scott's "Out West" emote. Out West is a Fortnite Icon Series emote that debuted in August 2020 and features a clip of music from the same-named song. The emoticon was temporarily available in the Daily portion of the market on November 7, according to Reddit posts, however Epic disabled the Daily section of the Item Store a few hours later.
A representative for Epic Games declined to comment further, although the timing makes a link between the two seem quite likely: On November 7, the Out West emote appeared in the Daily section, possibly to coincide with the Astroworld festival, which occurred the day after eight people were killed in a crowd rush while Scott was performing. More than 300 individuals were treated at a field hospital put up near the festival, according to CNN.
Scott spoke with Houston police chief Troy Finner before of the event, during which he expressed "concerns about public safety" at the event, according to Finner. Finner tweeted, "I requested Travis Scott and his team to work with HPD for all activities throughout the weekend and to be cognizant of his team's social media messaging on any unscheduled events." "The discussion was brief and respectful, and it gave me the opportunity to express my concerns about public safety as chief of police."
After the festival was deemed a "mass-casualty event," Scott was chastised for completing the performance for more than 30 minutes. According to a Yahoo News source, the proclamation was made around 9:38 p.m., but Scott continued to perform until about 10:15 p.m.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Scott said he is "absolutely devastated" by the incident and "committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need."
"Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life," he said.
Scott established the Astroworld Festival in 2018, which is named after the former Six Flags AstroWorld park. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, the event was cancelled; instead, Scott organised the immensely popular Astronomical event in Fortnite, for which he earned an estimated $20 million in goods sales. The live event was rescheduled for 2021 and drew almost 50,000 people, however the second day of the two-day event was cancelled due to the deaths.