Fortnite NBA Skins Leak As Summer Event Is Teased

A new update means new leaks.

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Epic Games and the NBA seem to be gearing up for a (no pun intended) crossover event that will have basketball fans excited, according to recent leaks of Fortnite NBA skins. Thanks to the Epic versus Apple ongoing court case, we already know Epic had been looking at adding a basketball mini-game to Fortnite Party Royale, including a Zion Williamson versus LeBron James community competition. While revealed documents pointed to those ideas being discussed in June 2020, there's no reason to suspect the idea was scrapped. Almost a year later, we haven't seen such an event in Fortnite yet, but today's new leak alongside update 16.40 suggests that may soon change. [Update: the Fortnite x NBA partnership has now been officially announced. Jerseys from all 30 teams are coming to the game, and more]

Shared first on Twitter by a trio of Fortnite dataminers, a collection of ten customizable Fortnite skins is our first look at upcoming NBA Fortnite skins. While the first images of the skins point only to basic Fortnite-branded jerseys and team apparel, it's believed that these are the default options, much like how the NFL-branded Fortnite skins include a basic blue and red uniform for players not looking to sport any real team's logo and colors.

It's also true that Fortnite already offers non-NBA basketball skins, so this new batch is sure to be something more than that again. The new skins even allow players to customize the backboards worn as Back Bling, which feature interchangeable logos much like those for the NFL skins of last year.

A new update in Creative mode today teases a "to-be-announced summer event" coming soon, which is leading some players to connect the dots between the leaked basketball mini-game, the Zion versus LeBron event, and these forthcoming NBA skins. For now, there's not a lot to go on to reliably predict those dots are worth connecting, but what we know for sure is these basketball skins, as well as other accessories like emotes, are on their way in a future Item Shop update. Dataminers have suggested the official reveal is coming soon, so we'll be sure to update this story once those details go live.

In the meantime, you can catch up on how to earn the free Gold Lara Croft Style, or read about everything else that's new this week in the Fortnite 16.40 patch notes.

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