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Fortnite reportedly removes police cars in new season

CNN logo CNN 6/22/2020 By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business
a person standing in front of a laptop computer: BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Jordan Herzog, 16, aka Crimz, plays Fortnite at his home in Sudbury, MA on May 30, 2019. Jordan is one of the world's top Fortnite players and recently qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, a huge gaming competition in New York City held in July. For much of the past few months, his life has been contained in this extra bedroom. Its where he eats all of his meals, where he works through the few hours of daily online lessons that serve as his schooling. And where he spends eight to 10 hours a day - though sometimes as many as 14 - training to become one of the best competitive video game players in the world. All of it under the watchful eye of his father. As parents across the country worry over the amount of time their kids spend playing video games - limiting screen-time and sometimes banning gaming altogether - Jordans father, Dave Herzog, has gone the other way. The 49-year-old has spent more than $30,000 on state-of-the-art gaming equipment - the best computers, monitors, and keyboards money can buy. He has suspended family vacations for the foreseeable future, so as not to interfere with his sons training. Last year, he took the extraordinary step of withdrawing his son from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School - over the initial protests of Jordans mother - so that his son would have more time to devote to video games. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) © Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Getty Images BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Jordan Herzog, 16, aka Crimz, plays Fortnite at his home in Sudbury, MA on May 30, 2019. Jordan is one of the world's top Fortnite players and recently qualified for the Fortnite World Cup, a huge gaming competition in New York City held in July. For much of the past few months, his life has been contained in this extra bedroom. Its where he eats all of his meals, where he works through the few hours of daily online lessons that serve as his schooling. And where he spends eight to 10 hours a day - though sometimes as many as 14 - training to become one of the best competitive video game players in the world. All of it under the watchful eye of his father. As parents across the country worry over the amount of time their kids spend playing video games - limiting screen-time and sometimes banning gaming altogether - Jordans father, Dave Herzog, has gone the other way. The 49-year-old has spent more than $30,000 on state-of-the-art gaming equipment - the best computers, monitors, and keyboards money can buy. He has suspended family vacations for the foreseeable future, so as not to interfere with his sons training. Last year, he took the extraordinary step of withdrawing his son from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School - over the initial protests of Jordans mother - so that his son would have more time to devote to video games. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Fortnite, one of the world's most popular games, has reportedly removed police cars in its latest season as protests against police brutality have erupted across the United States.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news, and multiple users on Reddit also noticed the change. Epic Games, Fortnite's developer, didn't immediately respond to CNN Business' request for comment.

Police cars in earlier versions of the game were for decorative purposes and couldn't be driven by players, according to the newspaper.

Epic Games regularly releases new Fortnite seasons to keep players engaged. But the rollout of the most recent season of the game, which was released last week, was briefly delayed because of the widespread protests and outrage over George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis.

"Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color," Epic Games said in a blog post on June 3. "The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities."

Floyd's death has sparked calls for Corporate America to do more in the fight for racial justice. Many companies have expressed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement but remained publicly silent on its proposal to defund police departments.

One notable exception is Ben & Jerry's, which used its Juneteenth message on Friday to called on Americans to "dismantle the old system and build a new one that guarantees freedom and justice for all." The company also posted a detailed breakdown on its website and social media profiles of what the movement to defund police means.

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