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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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Fortnite nerfs the Visualize Sound Effects range in Season 3 update

The most broken feature of Chapter 3 has now finally received a nerf and players couldn’t be happier. Here’s the latest on that.

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After a long wait, Epic finally fixes the most broken feature of Fortnite that sweats were just tired of ever since the beginning of Chapter 3. Visualize Sound Effects was a feature which was recently nerfed in an update where players got to experience it as they jumped into a Battle Royale match.

Fortnite has had a history of broken features and glitches that have been well exploited by the player community over the last few years. From XP Glitch Maps to weapons meta, players have been using these exploits to gain a gameplay advantage that sometimes ends up getting them banned for their actions.

While some actions or exploits get them banned, others are just bugs in the game that is an error from the developer’s end that they take it casual enough to fix. One such exploit that was legit in the game was Visualize Sound Effects in sound settings.

When one enables the option, they can see visual cues of chests, gunfire, footsteps, reboot vans or even if someone is healing nearby. This then aids a player in judging the direction where the activity is happening and respond to it.

Ever since Chapter 3, this option was broken as players were able to hear the sound of gunfire, footsteps or even healing from afar which was an advantage to several sweats who always love to rush their opponents and engage in close combat. But in a recent update in Season 3, Epic finally decided to nerf it for good.

Epic nerfs Visualize Audio range as it’s not broken anymore

In last week’s update of v21.10, Epic nerfed the range of Visualize Sound Effects option as it was one of the most broken features in the game. Players weren’t informed nor were aware of this major change that took place in Fortnite until they tried it out themselves.

The update has fixed the distance and the radius of the Visual Audio cues one gets upon going near Chests, hearing footsteps or gunfire. After the update, players will only be able to see visual cues if they are approx. 100m close to the objects or their opponents which is a major relief to casual players or campers.

While casual players or noobs enjoy this news, sweats are surely unhappy and so are players who basically need these hearing aid options in-game to help them orient their gameplay. Moreover, this major change by Epic in one of the oldest Fortnite settings was not announced in any of the patch notes or their official Twitter handle, which it should have, according to the player-base.

However, players think that this fix might be a random update as Visual Audio has always been messy in-game ever since it was added. From reboot vans sounding from miles away to footsteps being heard from a long distance, Epic still needs to put in some work to fix those audio issues.

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Fortnite leak shows two major POIs getting the Reality Bloom effect soon

Reality Bloom is a phenomenon that is wildly spreading across the island as it modifies several POIs. Here are a few more locations that might get that effect in the coming weeks.

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Fortnite Season 3 centers around the Zero Point blessing the island with colors and the mighty Reality Tree spreading its roots across the island. The bloom effect the roots create along several POIs further result in the return of classic locations from the Chapter 1 map.

The mystery behind the flora of the Reality Tree has been revolving across fan theories, leaks and concepts created by the Fortnite player-base. Loopers are having their share of fun with looting from their Reality Saplings and seeing the return of Chapter 1 locations merging with several current POIs as a result of the Reality Bloom effect.

To summarize, when the Reality Tree spreads its roots across the island and grows an extension of itself on a POI, it causes several realities to merge, which in turn merges a POI with another from another point in time. This phenomenon is coined as Reality Bloom effect by the player community.

In the past, players have seen the return of Temple Ruins, Coral Castle and now Neo Tilted in POIs like Logjam, Butter Barn etc. that have all undergone through the Reality Bloom effect. Latest leak shows two more locations that are about to undergo a major change as the roots of the Reality Tree have just begun to spread further.

Sleepy Sound and Condo Canyon are about to undergo the “Reality Bloom Effect” soon

Two major POIs known for its expansive architecture and loot pool, Condo Canyon and Sleepy Sound are under the radar of the Reality Tree next. The two locations will soon see the extensions of the roots of the mysterious tree and will get a Reality Bloom effect.

The effect would then bring POIs such as Tilted Town, Neo Tilted, Coral Castle, Coliseum and Lazy Links to the two locations currently on the map. These POIs are a combination of Chapter 1 & 2 locations whose realities are being merged by the Reality Tree.

Although the effect does bring back fan favorite locations back into the game without any explanation, some loopers speculate that the island might be in grave danger. The mysterious figure that appeared at the end of the Chapter 3 Season 3 trailer has not been seen before and is being called as Bloomwatcher by the player base.

Furthermore, there are theories that the Zero Point might already be causing chaos around the island and the Imagined Order was right to contain it along the Bridge. Now that it is free, the island is undergoing major changes and is running wilder than before.

The mystery of the Zero Point remains as loopers continue to enjoy their time in this madness caused by the chaotic Reality Blooms across their favorite POIs. All that the players ever wanted was the Chapter 1 map to return but it isn’t turning out the way it was supposed to be.

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Fortnite Fall Guys event leaked: How to complete Crown Clash challenges

A much anticipated collab between Fortnite and Fall Guys is finally coming to the looped Battle Royale with some rewards and challenges. Here’s how you can do them.

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Fall Guys is one of the most popular Battle Royale games that went viral ever since its release due to its healthy gameplay and exciting obstacle based games. Its collaboration with Fortnite has been teased for over a year and leaks show that it is finally arriving in the form of an in-game event with challenges that offer rewards to those who participate in it.

The collaborations between Fortnite and several video games always keeps the player base at their feet as they wait for their favorite characters to enter the loop. Moreover these collabs result in either in-game items, challenges or Item Shop cosmetics that loopers do not hesitate spending their precious V-Bucks on.

From Street Fighter to God of War, players have seen characters from various franchises arrive to the Gaming Legends series of cosmetics to the Item Shop. Most recently, players saw a brief collab with Among Us cosmetics, as the game finally arrived to Epic Games store a while ago.

However, the collab only consisted of a Back Bling and an emote which was rather disappointing but fans still bought the cosmetics from the Item Shop, given the game’s popularity. Now that Fall Guys is free on Epic Games Store, the collab between the two is arriving in Fortnite with certain challenges that rewards the participants with in-game cosmetics.

How to complete Fall Guys Crown Clash Challenges in Fortnite Season 3

Fortnite x Fall Guys collab is set to enter Fortnite on June 29 in-game with the release of Crown Clash Challenges. The challenges will go on until July 11 which means players will have less than a couple weeks to complete all the challenges and claim their rewards.

Players would need to complete these challenges in 5 rounds. This might suggest that these challenges would take place in a Creative map rather than the traditional Battle Royale approach.

Loopers who complete these in Fortnite will get 5 free cosmetics right in their locker which will only be exclusive to those completing all the challenges. Moreover, if players have their Epic ID linked to their Fall Guys account, they will receive 3500 Kudos after the completion of these challenges, in their Fall Guys account to spend in-game.

However, the challenges also seem to affect the points one could get in Rocket League, as per the leaks. Although, this might be a possibility as Rocket League cars were spotted in a leak to appear soon in the Fortnite island back again.

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