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



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 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.


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:


How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.



Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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Fortnite Season 3 leaked teaser finally reveals map flood



It looks like the leaked Fortnite Season 3 map flood is going to happen.

Epic Games have kept their cards firmly close to their chest during the course of the current season, dropping small hints about a water theme in Season 2 with puddles appearing and the likes, but nothing concrete.

That, and the fact that several swimming animations have been leaked by data miners.

Anyway, those looking for something that explicitly tells us that the map is going to be taken over by water might well have got their wish, as the PlayStation Store appears to have revealed the next game icon.

As seen below, in the top left corner, the bus that usually drops us all off high into the sky is actually right next to the water – suggesting sea levels will soon rise in-game. The teaser can be seen on this page, at the time of writing.

Image: PlayStation Store.

Clearly, that’s going to bring some sweeping map changes as well – you would think.

Some players have even taken a different view on the situation, since the leak surfaced, suggesting that a crossover between the battle royale game and Bikini Bottom – from the Spongebob Squarepants series – might be on the cards.

Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we know one thing for sure. Things are about to be given a serious shakeup, if this leak is anything to go off.

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.



Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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