United States – The Walt Disney Company has announced that will be acquiring a US$1.5b equity stake in Epic Games, alongside a collaboration to create a new games and entertainment universe that will further expand the reach of beloved Disney stories and experiences. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

In addition to being a world-class games experience and interoperating with Fortnite, the new persistent universe will offer a multitude of opportunities for consumers to play, watch, shop and engage with content, characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar and more. 

Moroever, players, gamers and fans will be able to create their own stories and experiences, express their fandom in a distinctly Disney way, and share content with each other in ways that they love. This will all be powered by Unreal Engine.

Robert Iger, chief executive officer at The Walt Disney Company, said, “Our exciting new relationship with Epic Games will bring together Disney’s beloved brands and franchises with the hugely popular Fortnite in a transformational new games and entertainment universe. This marks Disney’s biggest entry ever into the world of games and offers significant opportunities for growth and expansion. We can’t wait for fans to experience the Disney stories and worlds they love in groundbreaking new ways.”

Meanwhile, Tim Sweeney, CEO and founder at Epic Games, commented, “Disney was one of the first companies to believe in the potential of bringing their worlds together with ours in Fortnite, and they use Unreal Engine across their portfolio. Now we’re collaborating on something entirely new to build a persistent, open and interoperable ecosystem that will bring together the Disney and Fortnite communities.”

Lastly, Josh D’Amaro, chairman at Disney Experiences, said, “This will enable us to bring together our incredible collection of stories and experiences from across the company for a broad audience in ways we have only dreamed of before. Epic Games’ industry-leading technology and Fortnite’s open ecosystem will help us reach consumers where they are so they can engage with Disney in the ways that are most relevant to them.”

Disney and Epic Games has long been engaged with hundreds of millions of players through Fortnite content integrations, season collaborations, in-game activations, and live events, including the Marvel Nexus War with Galactus, which drew more than 15.3 million concurrent players.

Singapore – BBDO Singapore and MOH Holdings have partnered with Livewire to launch a Fortnite Creative experience as part of the ‘The Power of Care’ integrated campaign.

In this industry-first partnership, the ‘Power of Care’ experience will have ‘healing’ as its ultimate power. The game will have players partner with each other as they traverse the customary map of Singapore, avoiding hazards and healing each other to complete the course.

The custom map used in the game is also one of the first maps to globally utilise the Unreal Engine for Fortnite to create precise 3D models and sculptures to recreate the iconic Marina Bay cityscape.

Some local, high-profile gaming influencers like Supercatkei have also jumped on board with the campaign, sharing their gameplay experiences and personal healthcare stories with their followers.

BBDO Singapore and MOH Holdings experience inside Fortnite Creative is part of their efforts to forward the ‘Power of Care’ campaign, which aims to cultivate a newfound appreciation for the healthcare profession as a career choice. The campaign spotlights everyday heroes such as nurses and allied health professionals working across acute and community care settings to transform and empower lives.

The Power of Care integrated campaign also includes brand film, outdoor, and digital with social and on-ground activations.

The film shows the transformative power of care in life’s most vulnerable moments. Meanwhile, the series of out-of-home (OOH) visuals pays tribute to healthcare professionals and their unwavering dedication and commitment to their profession.

The ‘Humans of Power’ series and the ‘The Care Identity’ digital activation, on the other hand, focus more on the raw human-centric stories of healthcare workers, highlighting both well-known and lesser-known roles within the sector.

Also part of the campaign, MOHH introduced an immersive roadshow activation, ‘The Care Adventure’, to bookend the campaign. The roadshow activation engages visitors, particularly students, with interactive games that also give them a look into the world of healthcare professionals.

Speaking on the campaign, Gareth Leeding, chief innovation officer at Livewire, said, “What’s incredibly exciting about this experience is that for the first time, we’re flipping the rules of Fortnite Creative on its head, proving that gaming can be for good. The recreation of Singapore is mind-blowing. It really does demonstrate the power of UEFN to immerse players in both story and experience.”

Tay Guan Hin, creative chairman at BBDO Singapore, also shared, “We’re thrilled to bring a fresh perspective through this campaign—one that honours our healthcare professionals and their spirit of care and collaboration. Through all this, we’re not just celebrating healthcare professionals; we’re inspiring a new generation to consider the profound impact they can have in this industry.”

Sydney, Australia – Video game company Epic Games has announced that three of Australia’s known football leagues have teamed with the company in bringing the sport to life in the battle royale game ‘Fortnite’, alongside other 20 football teams around the world.

Melbourne City FC, Sydney FC, and Western Sydney Wanderers are the three Australian-based football teams participating in this endeavor, united under the A-League.

The partnership will see an upcoming feature on Fortnite, where players can choose from 10 different variants of new ‘Kickoff Set’ outfits to represent their favorite club in-game. The newest addition to the game include outfits based on the participating 23 global football teams, and game emotes, including a ‘Fancy Footwork’ dribbling emote and the iconic ‘Pel’és Air Punch’ based off the Brazilian footballer Pelé.

“The partnership between the A-League and Epic Games is an incredible opportunity to promote our clubs and League to millions of Fortnite players in Australia and around the world. It will put the A-League alongside some of the biggest international clubs such as Man City in the English Premier League, Santos in the Brasileirão and the MLS’ Seattle Sounders,” said Danny Townsend, commercial lead for the Australian Professional Leagues and CEO of Sydney FC.

He added, “There is a significant demographic overlap between the youth audience who love football and those who play Fortnite – this partnership takes us to where our fans are and create new opportunities to engage with the global game.”

Players can now join also in the upcoming Pelé Cup in Fortnite, where players can earn rewards, visit the Creative Hub for an immersive football experience throughout the week, and join select clubs around the world in hosted Fortnite tournaments.

“Football is consistently one of the top sports that our players tell us they want to see and experience in Fortnite. We’re excited to partner with Melbourne City FC, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers to bring ‘the beautiful game ’to Fortnite fans around the world as they face off in competitive tournaments, experience new creative modes of gameplay, and celebrate global football,” the head of global partnerships at Epic Games Nate Nanzer said. 

The feature will be available on Sunday, January 24 as the A-League will also host its own Fortnite tournament on January 27 with a mix of A-League players, fans, and Fortnite creators battling for exclusive Fortnite and A-League prize packs.