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Fortnite Removes Travis Scott Emote After Concert Tragedy

Fortnite added several Travis Scott-themed cosmetics when the rapper performed in-game in 2020.
Fortnite added several Travis Scott-themed cosmetics when the rapper performed in-game in 2020. / Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Epic Games has removed the Travis Scott "Out West" dance emote from Fortnite after eight people died at a Friday performance by the rapper. The emote included music from Scott's song of the same name.

The tragedy took place at Astroworld, the Houston-based music festival organized by Live Nation and Scott. There, eight people were killed and hundreds more injured in a surge by the 50,000-person crowd that began during Scott's performance. Scott performed for around 40 minutes after the tragedy began before ending his set 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Officials have yet to determine the cause of the surge.

The "Out West" emote is said to have been scheduled to appear in the "Daily" section of the Fortnite Item Shop to mark the end of Astroworld — Scott brought a virtual version of the show to Fortnite last year — but Epic Games has instead disabled the "Daily" section temporarily. It did not mention Scott or the emote directly in announcing the "Daily" section's disabling.

An Epic Games spokesperson declined GameSpot's request for comment on the situation.