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72hrs exposes Arena & tournament instant Gold exploit

Fortnite streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed a massive Gold Bar exploit for Arena and the Season 5 FNCS.

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Fortnite is no stranger to exploits, but streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan uncovered a Gold Bar strategy that players can use to cheat in the Season 5 FNCS.

Fortnite Season 5 introduced Gold Bars to the game – a new currency that players can use to upgrade weapons, buy Exotics, and otherwise improve their setup.

In base Fortnite, Gold Bars carry over from game to game. In Arena and tournament play, they don’t, meaning you start every match with 0 Gold Bars. This fact has been under some criticism, as it puts weapon upgrades behind an in-game paywall, making RNG more of a factor in competitive matches and tournaments.

Well, some players have found a way around that, and streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed this exploit to the public.

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The exploit revolves around timed quests in Fortnite – something that Epic probably overlooked when implementing the system. You can grab quests from NPCs that last 60 minutes, rather than for one game – meaning you can complete them in the next game you play.

These quests are the same in Arena as they are in public matches. Theoretically, you can grab three quests in one match, back out, and get all of the Gold rewards in your next Arena match.

This is an exploit that should be addressed for Arena Mode, but its real impact can be felt in tournaments. Players can hop into a public match, stack-up on quests, complete 90% of each quest, then play an FNCS qualification game while finishing all of the quests at once for instant Gold Bars.

“People wouldn’t even know if you don’t stream,” Tom explained. “In replay, it doesn’t show you get Gold, so the only way you’d know if people were doing this is if you take the time to slowly count all the Gold that they actually got.”

Your initial thought might be, “Since 72hrs made this video, more people are going to abuse the system.” This is probably right, but there were plenty of people who knew about this exploit before the video went live. Tom’s former teammate, Chap, even admitted that he already knew about the exploit in the former streamer’s chat.

Now, the exploit is out in the open and Epic have to do something about it. Plenty of FNCS players don’t stream their matches for a variety of reasons. As 72hrs said, there’s no way of knowing that these players used the exploit unless you’re specifically looking for it in Replay Mode.

“You gotta think about it like this, too,” 72hrs continued, “So many people are accidentally doing it – they don’t even know. They’re playing pubs, they picked up a quest, they’re like, ‘I’m not f***in’ fueling up a car today, I’ll do it later.’ And then they go into FNCS … and all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Wait, I can upgrade, I have 500 Gold.'”

72hrs presented a question towards the end of the video: is it cheating? It’s hard to say that this is cheating since it’s so easy to accidentally trigger the exploit. Now that it’s out there, though, we can expect more players to take advantage of it in the Season 5 FNCS.

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Ninja claims he made $5M from his Fortnite Creator Code in a single month

During his return to Fortnite, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins claimed he once made $5M in a single month from his Creator Code.

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During a recent stream on Twitch, gaming superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins claimed that he made $5 million in a single month through Fortnite’s Creator Code program.

Epic Games first introduced the Support-a-Creator code program back in 2018. In the middle of Chapter 1 Season 6, players could enter a code while purchasing items from the shop. A small portion of each sale would then go to the creator whose code was used.

This eventually branched out into other games owned by Epic Games. Rocket League content creators and streamers have their own codes that can be used in the item shop. While it isn’t too difficult to qualify for a Fortnite Creator Code, it takes a lot to turn a decent profit.

Ninja makes $5M from Fortnite Creator Code

Yesterday, May 13, 2021, Ninja returned to Fortnite live for the first time in months. While playing with pro-player NRG Ronaldo, the two started to discuss wages earned from their Creator Codes. Ninja stated, “I think the most I’ve ever made in a month off of the Creator Code was like five-mil. I’m not joking.

While there hasn’t been any physical evidence showing that Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has made this much money, it wouldn’t be surprising. Ninja was once the largest streamer on Twitch and has made multiple million-dollar deals since his peak.

Ninja has proven in the past that he is more than capable of taking advantage of situations like the Fortnite Creator Code program. When Twitch introduced its Prime Subscriptions, fellow streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek accused Ninja of sub botting. When in reality, Ninja continuously plugged and encouraged his viewers to sign up for Twitch Prime and use their free subscriptions on his stream.

Since returning to Twitch after being bought out of his contract with Mixer, Ninja has seemed quiet compared to his career’s peak. He’s no longer flossing by himself in Time Square or playing Fortnite at Coachella.

That being said, Ninja’s remarkable gaming career has yet to be matched by someone else. Even with the likes of Grefg pulling millions of viewers in a single stream, or Dr. Lupo who raises millions of dollars a year for charity. Ninja’s presence in the media outside of gaming is what separates him from the rest of the gaming community.

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Co1azo shows how to get scroll wheel reset on controller

Fortnite controller pro, Co1azo, has a new attachment that allows him to utilize scroll wheel reset on his controller.

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Fortnite controller player, Co1azo, bought a piece of tech that allows him to use scroll-wheel reset on his controller.

The debate of controller vs Keyboard & mouse will likely never end in the Fortnite world. Nerfs to aim assist on PC have calmed the polarizing topic, but there are still players who argue for their input.

There are benefits and disadvantages to KBM and controller. Controller players are known to have superior movement options because of their joystick, while KBM players benefit from more precise editing and, of course, scroll wheel reset.

Recently, controller pro Co1azo showcased a new addition to his setup. He purchased a standalone scroll wheel that attaches to his controller. Since Fortnite allows players to use both inputs at the same time, the device allows Co1azo to use his controller and reset edits with the scroll wheel.

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It looks like Co1azo is using a product from Plus Gear. You can find their shop here.

“It’s really hard to get used to,” Co1azo explained while showcasing his new piece of Fortnite tech.

When a viewer asked him why he’s using it, Co1azo put it simply, “Because scroll wheel is f***ing overpowered as s****.” He went on to say that the new feature is best for “invisible” edits, where you reset a wall that you can’t totally see.

The stock of these parts is limited. At the time of writing, Controlla Scrolla is out of stock on their Etsy shop, with a restock date of April 12.

We’ll keep you updated on whether or not Co1azo sticks with his new scroll wheel long-term, or if any other controller players pick up on the trend. For now, we’ll have to watch him to see how effective the new piece of tech really is.

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Clix threatened with Fortnite ban for hosting wagers

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod received a warning from Epic Games that he would be banned if he didn’t stop hosting Fortnite wagers.

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Fortnite star, Clix, recently received a personal warning from Epic Games that they would ban his account if he continued to host wagers with his viewers.

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod was a part of the second generation of Fortnite pros who came up on Twitch after figures like Ninja and Tfue left the game. Out of the “newer” crop of Fortnite streamers, Clix is among the most popular – if not the most popular – streamers in the game.

The meta of Fortnite streaming changed after the old guard left. Instead of watching lighthearted pub-stomping content, viewers began to watch true pro Fortnite players who would scrimmage, box fight, and compete on-stream nearly every day.

One of the methods of competition was wager matches. Players would join a custom Zone Wars or box fight map and bet money that they’d win. Pros would often play one another with this format, but would also open the door to viewers – allowing them to compete against their favorite streamer.

This practice was relatively common in Fortnite, but Epic Games never supported it – for obvious reasons. There was always talk of a crack-down on Fortnite wagers, but nothing ever happened.

That was until recently when Clix was hosting wagers with his viewers on-stream. According to him, someone from Epic Games reached out to NRG – Clix’s organization – to tell them that if Clix continued to host wagers, he’d be banned.

Clix immediately stopped his wagers and told any viewers who signed up that he’d refund them. Clearly frustrated and dejected, Clix complained that Epic seemed to decide to crack down on him and let other streamers slide.

“I’m not even mad that they’re telling me to stop wagering. I get it,” he said. “The thing is, why me and nobody else? The whole com[munity] does wagers and I get warned.”

This warning comes on the heels of Epic banning high-level paid scrimmages at the beginning of the year. Epic cracked down on some of the biggest scrims in all regions for their format – a pay-to-enter system that Epic didn’t want to see continue.

Now, with the banning of wager matches, a lot of the top pro players feel as though there’s little for them to do in Fortnite. Clix echoed this sentiment in a follow-up tweet, saying that he “won’t be able to play Arena with the amount of f***ing stream snipers.”

The banning of wagers and scrims and the addition of some disliked weapons like the Primal Shotgun prompted Fortnite players to rage on Twitter, with the hashtag #ripfortnite hitting the trending tab – not for the first time.

It’s understandable that Epic don’t want largely underage players gambling money on their game. The combination of wager bans and scrim bans has fueled the frustration of pro players in a game that offers little in the way of official competition formats during the off-season.

With one of the biggest streamers in Fortnite getting a warning, we wouldn’t be surprised to see wagers die-off in the Fortnite community. Hopefully, Epic can replace these unofficial competition settings with some of their own.

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