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Announcing Mixer Matchups x Microsoft Store North American Championship featuring Fortnite!

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So you think your squad can earn the ultimate Victory Royale? We’d love to see you try.

Gold, greatness, and glory are all up for grabs in the Mixer Matchups x Microsoft Store North American Championship featuring Fortnite; a nationwide tournament where you and your squad can win it all.

Okay, maybe not gold, but we’ve got the next best thing: cold, hard cash.

The multi-regional North American Championship begins on Friday, October 19th at participating Microsoft Stores, and the tournament series will run every Friday until the Championship Finals on November 10th. Anyone can enter for your very own chance at the $10,000 weekly prize pool and the opportunity to win an additional $15,000 in the final event! Spots are limited, so don’t miss your chance to show off those building skills – sign up today!

Prove your squad is worthy of building up on your own turf and you’ll be well on your way to earning that aforementioned gold, greatness, and glory. Oh, and it’s not just a competition – this is a show! Mixer will be broadcasting these matches live, giving spectators a close up and personal look at the all of the thrilling action on the brand new channel for community competitions – Mixer Matchups! Tune in mixer.com/MixerMatchups for the first broadcast on October, 19th starting at 3:00pm PST

This is your chance at experiencing the bright lights, big energy, and fiercely competitive environments that true champions thrive in, no sponsorship necessary; the big leagues, without actually having to join the big leagues. Shoutcasters, player interviews, storylines, and more will bring all the action to life.

No pressure, though. You got this.

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Here’s some details your squad will need before boarding the Battle Bus. There are three phases to progress to the North American Championship: Local, Regional, and National competitions. Each week, the tournament will focus on a new region – Central, Southeast, Northeast, and West – where local Microsoft Stores will host Phases 1 and 2. Qualifying teams from these events will have the opportunity to come back to their store and win it all in Phase 3, the Championship Finals.

Phase 1 – Local Competition:The North American Championship featuring Fortnite will be separated by region, by week at the following dates/times.

  • Central Region – October 19th – 5:00 – 10:00 PM, local store time*
  • Southeast Region –  October 26th – 5:00 – 10:00 PM, local store time*
  • Northeast Region – November 2nd – 5:00 – 10:00 PM, local store time*
  • Western Region –  November 9th – 5:00 – 10:00 PM, local store time*

*Check-in begins at 3:30 PM local time, and tournaments will start at 5:00 PM. Be sure to arrive early to secure a spot. Times may vary per store, check your store listing for details.

20 Stores per region will each host their own local tournament. Squads will be permitted on a first-come; first served basis. Pre-registration is required for all interested participants, but only a limited number of teams to arrive at the store for check-in will be guaranteed a spot. Find your nearest Microsoft Store location and pre-register today!

Phase 2 – Regional Competition: The winning team from each store will advance to a private server competition against other winning squads within the same region.

  • Private server matches are hosted on the same day, immediately following the qualifying rounds within each region.
  • Select teams will be invited to compete in Phase 2; invitational teams will be announced the week of the event.

Phase 3 – Championship Finals: Regional champions and qualifying teams will face off in 5 private server matches to determine the winning squad on Saturday, November 10th at Microsoft Stores across North America. Qualifying teams will return to their Microsoft Store to compete in the cross-city Championship Finals against other stores.

For all of the tournament details, including store locations, official rules, and prizing, visit: https://smash.gg/league/fornite-north-american-championship-at-microsoft-store/details

Events

Fortnite Galactus event: Nexus War start date and time

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Nexus War event in Fortnite

The exact date and time for the Nexus War finale in Fortnite has been confirmed, and there is little time to prepare for the Galactus event.

The event, which will bring Chapter 2, Season 4 to a climax, as Galactus – aka the Devourer of Worlds – is bombing towards the map to, presumably, destroy it all.

The countdown to the event appeared in-game on November 21, and Epic have now confirmed the exact date and time when the Nexus War will commence.

“It was only a matter of time.” Epic say in their blog post. “Galactus is closing in on the Island and the fate of all Reality lies in the balance. Join the ultimate fight against Galactus in the one-time-only Nexus War finale event.”

When is the Galactus event in Fortnite?

The Nexus War finale event will start on December 1 at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 9PM GMT.

To make sure you don’t miss out, Epic has given some tips to be prepared for the event:

  • DOWNLOAD THE LATEST UPDATE
    If you haven’t already downloaded the 14.60 update, load the game on your preferred device and download today.
  • DOWNLOAD HOUSEPARTY
    Fortnite’s new integration with Houseparty means you can have live video chat in Fortnite (PC, PS4/PS5) while attending the event.
  • GET IN EARLY
    We’ve taken measures to ensure more people can attend the event, but we still recommend everyone log into Fortnite at least 60 minutes prior to the event start. The event playlist is expected to go live 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Of course, even if you can’t play the game yourself at the time, you’ll still be able to catch the action on Twitch and YouTube streams from content creators.

As Epic confirms, this is a one-time-only event, so there won’t be any reruns unlike previous end of season events.

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Patch Notes

Fortnite update 14.60 patch notes: Venom Skin, Creative changes & more

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Venom joins the fight in Fortnite Battle Royale, and there are lots of changes in Creative in the 14.60 update. There’s still no official patch notes from Epic Games, but we’ve brought together everything you need to know here.

Despite being the final update of Season 4, it looks like the bulk of the new content will be coming at the start of the new season instead.

Although there’s no complete patch notes, we can still put together all the changes here, along with the email sent out to content creators with the main features.

Venom

Venom is the highlight of this update. You can play for a chance to earn his skin the Venom cup.

The skin pack includes a Venom emote, symbiote slasher pickaxe, and tendril tote back bling. Check out the skin in-game:

XP Xtravaganza Part Two

XP Xtravaganza Part 2 starts this week: “Get the whole squad together and take on these party-wise challenges to finish out the Battle Pass in style,” Epic explain.

Houseparty x Fortnite video chat

Fortnite has teamed up with Houseparty to bring a brand new video chat feature.

Houseparty video chat will be available to Fortnite players on PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. Players will also need an iOS or Android mobile device with the Houseparty app installed. With the app installed, connect your Houseparty account to your Epic Games account to get started.”

CREATIVE

Taken from an official blog post to the Fortnite website, Epic Games detailed specific changes for Creative mode.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can now hide the Elimination Feed and mute Elimination Audio to encourage sneaky sniping!

ISLANDS

  • Updated the Hub Island portal layout to accommodate the recent updates to hub creator guidelines.

ISLANDS BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where the time of day lighting appeared differently on featured islands and personal islands.

GAMEPLAY

  • Added a new option to My Island > Settings
    • Player Elimination Audio: Off, On (Default: On) – causes eliminated players to be despawned silently.
  • Added new options to My Island > UI
    • Hide Elimination Feed: Yes, No (Default: No) – completely hides the elimination feed during the game.
    • Hide Party Eliminations: Yes, No (Default: No) – hides the number of eliminations for each party member in the Party UI during the game.

GAMEPLAY BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where an eliminated player could spectate a player on the enemy team.
  • Fixed an issue where Team Size did not limit the number of players when Join in Progress was set to ‘Spawn Next Round’.
  • Fixed an issue where the sky would flicker on PS4.

WEAPONS AND ITEMS BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where the X-4 Stormwing was de-synced after player interaction.
  • Fixed an issue where husks did not fall off edges to follow players.

CREATIVE TOOLS AND PHONE BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where players could not open the Creative Inventory after cutting and pasting a device.
  • Fixed an issue where the Creative Inventory appeared distorted when customizing a device.

PREFABS AND GALLERIES BUG FIXES

  • Fixed a collision issue with the pillar wall asset from the Princess Castle Wall galleries.
  • Fixed an issue with the bush from Winter Variant Foliage Gallery A having a yellow glow.
  • Fixed an issue with a bridge girder asset from the Steel Bridge galleries being difficult to place with the phone.
  • Fixed an issue with some of the Steel Bridge prefabs & galleries placing outside of the preview boundary.
  • Fixed an issue with the bridge street asset from the Steel Bridge set having a misaligned grid snap box.
  • Fixed an issue with assets from the Swamp Cliff Gallery displaying the wrong texture.

DEVICES

  • Added new options to the Class Selector device.
    • Activation Audio: On, Off (Default: On) – allows the audio effect played when a player changes class to be muted.
    • Zone Audio: On,Off (Default: On) – allows the ambient audio effect for the zone and the audio effects for players entering and leaving the zone to be muted.
  • Added new options to the Mutator Zone device.
    • Selected Team: None, 1-16 (Default: None)
    • Affects Team: Selected, All But Selected (Default: All But Selected)
      • These two options replace the old Safe Team option to allow the zone to affect all teams (Selected Team = None), just the Selected Team, or every team except the Selected Team.
    • Selected Class: None, Any, 1-16 (Default: None)
    • Affects Class: Selected, All But Selected (Default: All But Selected)
      • These two options replace the old Safe Class option to allow the zone to affect all classes (Selected Class = Any), players without a class (Selected Class = None), just the Selected Class, or every class except the Selected Class.
    • Update Selected Team When Receiving From: No Channel, 1-150 (Default: No Channel) – sets the Selected Team on the device to be the same team as the player who instigated the signal.
    • Update Selected Class When Receiving From: No Channel, 1-150 (Default: No Channel) – sets the Selected Class on the device to be the same class as the player who instigated the signal.

DEVICES BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue with the Player Spawn Pad’s lighting being too bright on PS5 during mixed island filters.
  • Fixed an issue where the Mutator Zone Class Selected option was offset by 1.

Fortnite 14.60 bug fixes

As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch actually only has a few fixes included but will cover the battle royale, Creative mode, and even Save the World.

Here is the full list of bug fixes coming in v14.60:

General

  • Disabled voice chat cannot be re-enabled on Xbox Series X/S.
  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.

Battle Royale

  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Team Size setting does not properly function when Join In Progress is set to Join Next Round.

Save the World

  • Wild West Llama not granting Steampunk weapon.
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Item Shop

Black Widow bundle coming to Fortnite Item Shop

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After initially only being available as a reward for competing in the Marvel Knockout Duo tournament, all players will soon be able to get the Black Widow Bundle in Fortnite.

The bundle include’s Black Widow’s Snow Suit outfit, which is based on her look in the upcoming Marvel feature about the superhero, releasing in May.

In addition to the skin, the bundle also includes a Back Bling with her Iconic electroshock batons, and there will also be a Black Widow glider in the shop.

The announcement from Marvel doesn’t include a price for the bundle yet.

You can expect it to be available in the Item Shop on November 14, if you didn’t manage to pick it up already in the Knockout tournament.

Also, Fortnite has teamed up with Disney+, offering 2 months free with any purchase of V-Bucks or real-money purchase.

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