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5 Alternatives to Skill-Based Matchmaking in Fortnite

Skill-based matchmaking is a topic of much debate in the Fortnite community. Some players agree with the switch, while others think it will hurt the game in the long-term. Here are five feasible alternatives that may make SBMM in Fortnite unnecessary.

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Skill-based matchmaking is a topic of much debate in the Fortnite community. Some players agree with the switch, while others think it will hurt the game in the long-term. Here are five feasible alternatives that may make SBMM in Fortnite unnecessary.

Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is the latest in a long line of topics that has split the Fortnite community. Players in the lower skill bracket love the idea of avoiding the sweats, streamers, and wannabe-pros, while the latter group doesn’t want to be stuck with one another for the entire future of the game.

Changing the matchmaking system isn’t the only option, however. There are other ways Epic can change Fortnite to make SBMM unnecessary. Here are a few ideas.

Arena Incentives

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One common complaint of the skill-based matchmaking system in Fortnite is that it’s Arena without siphon or material caps. This critique is spot-on as it stands right now. There’s no incentive to play Arena unless you’re trying to compete in tournaments. Some of us are, but most of us aren’t.

A large percentage of the player base likes competitive game modes but isn’t skilled enough to compete in Cash Cups or online qualifiers. It’s sad that Apex Legends has a more fleshed-out competitive system than Fortnite does – and that game has been out for a fraction of the time.

Epic could add exclusive skins, weapon wraps, gliders, or any other cosmetic items to incentivize Arena play. That will draw competitive players out of public matches and into Arena, therefore reducing the need for SBMM.

Better LTMs

Arena incentives will take care of some of the competitive players, and better LTMs will engage the casuals. There is only a handful of LTMs that are worth playing right now. Bounty, the Floor is Lava, and Air Royale are three that stand out. 

Sniper-only game modes, Close Encounters, and similar LTMs can be fun for a game or two, but they lose their luster after a while.

Epic needs to draw more casual players to LTMs so they can enjoy the game without facing hardcore competition all of the time.

Count Assists as Kills

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This suggestion could be huge for the game, and it will likely be controversial. Part of the reason Epic added the BRUTE was to allow unskilled players to get more eliminations. Another way these players could get more eliminations is to count assists as kills.

A lot of other games already do this – Gears of War and Overwatch come to mind. They give you a certain number of points based on the damage you did to the eliminated player and reward you with a kill as long as you tagged them at least once.

A lot of people aren’t going to like this, but it will help solve some of the issues that SBMM is attempting to address. Kill stealing won’t be a thing anymore and everyone will get more kills in team-based modes – so it’s a no-lose proposition.

A ‘New and Returning Player’ Playlist

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Ninja and SypherPK brought up this idea during a recent stream: allowing new and returning players to join an exclusive game mode that will help them get a grip on the current state of Fortnite.

If you get a win or reach a kill threshold, the game disappears and you are back to the normal game modes. Epic can add bots to this mode to help keep it populated – something they’re considering anyway.

This game mode will be the same as the regular Battle Royale game, but you’ll only be playing with bots, returning players, and new players. The rest of the game modes will stay the same as they are now.

Keep SBMM Exclusively in Solos

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It appears as though Epic is dedicated to skill-based matchmaking. The community is split on the topic, but it doesn’t really matter what we think. Papa Epic is going to do what they think is best for us. 

The health of Fortnite is going to suffer if SBMM expands to Duos and eventually Squads. Players will face lengthy queue times, many will face more difficult games, and a wide percentage of the player base is going to start getting frustrated.

If Epic keeps SBMM in Solos only – a mode where you can’t rely on anyone but yourself – things will be manageable. Expanding it could spell a massive hit to the community.

What do you think of skill-based matchmaking? Sound off in the comments.

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The 5 most hated skins in Fortnite

The Fortnite community is no fan of these skins.

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Fortnite skins have taken on a life of their own since the game came out. Back in the early days, we couldn’t imagine spending money on a free game. Now, hundreds of dollars later, we’re still padding our lockers as collectors of in-game cosmetics.

Some skins tell a lot about the player wearing them. A Peely? They’re just trying to goof around and have some fun. A Dynamo? Sweat is probably pouring onto their keyboard at all times.

Today, we’re taking a look at the most hated skins in Fortnite – the skins that elicit an immediate reaction from opponents. You better be ready for some backlash if you post a clip while wearing one of these skins.

5. Female Soccer Skins

Female Soccer Skins have been hated ever since they first came out. This might have been the first “sweaty” skin to come to Fortnite, and it remains in the category to this day. However, it’s been made available in the Item Shop quite frequently so everyone from sweats to casuals owns it.

“Soccer skin” means more than just the skin that someone is wearing, at this point. It’s a term that longtime Fortnite players will likely remember for the rest of their gaming careers. However, because of its frequent item shop appearances, it’s last on the list.

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4. Custom Superhero Skins

These skins have cause quite a stir with players and have disrupted the competitive scene on more than one occasion. The actual name of these skins is Boundless, and they are among the most customizable skins in the game. Many players bought them for their versatility at first, but they were quickly abused by competitive players.

Players could set their skins to have an all-black or all-white color scheme which would make them harder to see. These color combos were banned from the game, but players still found a way to make their skins harder to see. This lead to these sweaty skins being banned outright in all competitive play.

3. Anime Skins

This category of skins is pretty new since “anime” skins were introduced in Chapter 2 Season 5. A bundle of anime skins was also released during Season 6 which contains some of the sweatiest and most hated Fortnite Skins.

Chigusa, Megumi, and Yuki are part of the Cyber Infiltration bundle, and Lexa was given to players who reached a certain level of the Season 5 Battle Pass. For some reason, players hate these cell-shaded skins and would rather face off against Soccer Skins.

2. Surf Witch

When we asked Twitter which skins they hated the most, a large number of responses included Surf Witch. It seems this skin is hated because it’s used by “sweats” and also because of its lackluster design.

Surf Witch’s design isn’t much different from many of the other female skins. In fact, she has a very similar design to Haze, a preexisting skin. Many players think that Surf Witch is a cheap rip off of Haze, and their hate is derived from their similarities.

1. Dynamo

Dynamo is – by far – the most hated skin in Fortnite, at the moment. If you post a clip while wearing the Dynamo skin, you’re guaranteed to see the bulk of your replies consist of something along the lines of, “Dynamo, ew.”

We’re not exactly sure why Dynamo has its status as the most hated skin in Fortnite. Perhaps, it’s because Dynamo a very sweaty skin that isn’t difficult to get. Unlike Crystal and Aura, a lot of players think Dynamo is, simply, a bad skin on top of the fact that it’s incredibly sweaty.

Whatever the reason, wearing a Dynamo skin puts a target on your back. If you hit the island wearing Dynamo, then you better be as good as the skin suggests you are.

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Does this list mean that you shouldn’t be wearing these skins in Fortnite? Absolutely not. In fact, a lot of players like playing the role of an antagonist in all sorts of games. It can be fun. Wear whatever you want – these are just some of the skins that are in the community’s crosshairs at the moment. We’re sure that it will change in the future. Wear what you want and have fun!

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How to get Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls and how to use them

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Epic Games have added another disguise to Fortnite Season 8 following the v17.10 update, and they’re called Inflate-A-Bulls.

If you ever wanted to tip-toe around the Fortnite world hidden in a cow costume, well, now is your chance!

On July 13, 2021, Epic posted a new update on their official live blog, confirming the Inflate-A-Bull has been added to the game.

Now, you’re going to need to know how to use it, and where to find them – because they look like a lot of fun.

How to use Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

Fortnite Inflate-A-Bulls can be attached to your back and can be – shock horror – inflated to bounce or roll away from dangerous scenarios.

Essentially, they may save your life during close gunfights.

Quick tips!

Even if a player shoots your way and pops the inflatable, you will be protected from the damage.

Epic have also released a quick tip for players to follow as well, to get the most out of this strange disguise. They posted: “Tip: Rolling downhill with an Inflate-A-Bull is a LOT faster than just running downhill”.

Where to find Fortnite Inflate-A-Bull

These pesky disguises can be found in two ways: IO Chests and normal Chests.

Guarantee yourself one of these items at this location, where Rick Sanchez will wait for you.

However, there is one NPC on the Fortnite island selling these as well – Rick Sanchez. For those who don’t know, Sanchez can be found at the IO Base east of Weeping Woods (seen above).

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Fortnite LeBron James skin: Release date, price, trailer & more

A LeBron James Fortnite skin is reportedly being added to the game during the next update, and he will come with exclusive quests.

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NBA superstar LeBron James has officially joined Fortnite’s ICON Series skin set, with two outfits coming to the Fortnite Item Shop.

During the first day of the Epic Games vs. Apple trial, multiple planned or scrapped Fortnite crossovers had been leaked. The crossover information came from a Quarterly Business Review document for Epic Games. Among these leaks were planned crossovers with Naruto, Metroid, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and more.

A crossover with LeBron James was also found in the court documents. The still image of LeBron James included the Icon Series logo. Players assumed a LeBron James Fortnite skin would be released during the Fortnite x NBA The Crossover event, but a set of customizable skins was released instead.

Epic Games put rumors to bed with an announcement on their official blog page on July 12, confirming the date NBA’s MVP would be arriving in the world-famous Battle Royale.

He joins a list of celebrities to now have their own character in-game, including Marshmello, Ninja, Loserfruit, and more.

When is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin coming out?

Here’s a first look at both of LeBron James’ Fortnite skins.

On July 14, 2021, LeBron James will be given his very own Fortnite Battle Royale skin, as part of the ICON Series.

How much is Fortnite’s LeBron James skin?

Fortnite ICON Series skins usually cost around 1,500 V-Bucks individually, with a price point of between 2,500 or 3,000 V-Bucks for the full bundle.

What does the King James Gear Bundle include?

  • The Lion Pickaxe 
  • Wingspan Glider
  • Quiet the competition with LeBron’s emphatic on-the-court celebration, The Silencer. 

A new trailer dropped as part of the announcement, too, as seen below.

Fortnite LeBron James skin trailer

Leaks

A number of these details were revealed before Epic Games had the chance to do a full press release, too.

ShiinaBR on Twitter was the first to break the news stating: “LEBRON JAMES WILL BE THE NEXT ICON SERIES SKIN.”

HYPEX quote retweeted Shiina’s announcement with more information. They stated that the LeBron James Fortnite skin will come with an exclusive quest line called King’s Bling.

And now LeBron James will be added to the game right before the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

For basketball fans, this is an exciting addition to Fortnite. Not only can players equip their own custom basketball skins, but now they can play as one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. Let us know down below if you are excited about the collab and if you plan to purchase the LeBron James Fortnite skin.

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