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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

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Fortnite Battle Lab mode removed in latest update (Updated May 4)

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has disappeared from the mode select screen and Epic Games has made no comment on where the mode went.

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Fortnite Battle Labs Mode Art

Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has been disabled in the v16.30 patch, and fans aren’t happy with its removal.

UPDATE: The Battle Labs mode has been turned back on as of May 4th, 2021.

Battle Lab was added in December of 2019 close to the start of Fortnite Chapter 2. This core game mode replaced the Playground mode which allowed players to explore The Island alone or with friends.

While Playground was mostly a vanilla battle royale experience, Battle Lab allowed players to set their own rules and change loot pools. Video editors would use Battle Lab to produce high-quality content, and it also allowed younger players to enjoy the game without allowing them to play with strangers.

Fortnite Mode Select Screen

However, Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode has seemingly disappeared in the latest update without any word from Fortnite or Epic Games. This has led to an outcry from fans on Twitter who are asking for the game mode to be reinstated.

Downtime for the Fortnite v16.30 started at 4 a.m. EST on April 27, and shortly after the servers came back online players started to notice Battle Lab was missing. The Fortnite Status Twitter made various posts noting the changes made in the update, but Battle Lab wasn’t mentioned a single time.

Over the past 24 hours, Fortnite Status has also acknowledged various bug fixes and server issues. While it remains unknown whether Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode was removed by accident, the lack of acknowledgment makes it seem as if it were removed intentionally.

The removal of Battle Lab won’t affect the majority of Fortnite’s player base, it will have an impact on content creators. As stated by Frenzy2nd on Twitter, it would be ideal for Fortnite to let players know what its plans are for the future of Battle Lab.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of modes available for players to enjoy. These include the new Free For All Arena mode, One Shot duos, and an assortment of featured Creative modes. Stay tuned for the latest information regarding Fortnite’s Battle Lab mode.

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