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2019’s most popular esports athletes dominated by Fortnite pros

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We are about halfway through 2019 with Fortnite still standing on top in terms of viewers and player count, and some of the year’s most popular esports athletes hail from Epic Games’ battle royale game.

Rishi ‘Rdotchadha’ Chadha, head of gaming content partnerships for Twitter, posted a list of nine personalities on May 7 that included the most talked about esports athletes in 2019.

The list consisted of several Call of Duty and CS:GO players, but the majority are Fortnite Battle Royale pros.

Who are the most popular esports athletes?

According to the list published on May 7, here are the most talked about esports athletes in 2019 so far:

The top two spots are dominated by FaZe Clan’s Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney and Team SoloMid’s Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, who were amongst the first group of Fortnite pros to gain massive success.

Rdotchadha’s list also includes the likes of OpTic Gaming’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell, and Ian’ Crimsix’ Porter.

Who are the most popular gaming personalities?

A few minutes later, Twitter’s head of gaming content partnerships posted another list containing 2019’s most popular gaming personalities.

The difference between an esports athlete and gaming personality is that an athlete focuses on competitive competitions while personality’s focus on content.

Here is the list of the most talked about gaming personalities in 2019 so far:

By no surprise, Felix ‘Pewdiepie’ Kjellberg led the pack along with another Youtube juggarnaut, Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson.

The rest of the list is rounded out by other Fortnite personalities like Tyler ‘Ninja Blevins, Jack ‘Courage’ Dunlap, and Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo.

2019 has been an interesting for Fortnite with the release of Apex: Legends, which briefly threatened Epic’s massive lead in the “battle royale competition”, but lack of content put Apex on the backburner.

Do you think the rest of 2019 will continue to provide success for Fortnite and it’s athletes and personalities?

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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood

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It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.

Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.

That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.

Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.

As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.

Image: PlayStation Store.

Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.

Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.

Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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