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Bugha becomes the first esports pro to sign with Gary V’s VaynerGaming

Fortnite World Cup solo champion, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, has signed with Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency, VaynerSports.

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Fortnite pro, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, became a household name overnight when he took home the first Fortnite World Cup Solos competition in 2019. The relatively unknown pro catapulted to the top of the Twitch charts when he returned home for the event, $3 million richer.

Now, Bugha can add another first to his resume – the first gamer signed to Gary Vaynerchuk’s new esports agency, VaynerGaming. The announcement came on July 14, the same day that the entrepreneur announced his company’s entrance into the gaming space.

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In a press release that announced the new venture, Vaynerchuk stated, “I have been quietly paying attention to the gaming industry for over a decade, building relationships and following the trends. One of the most exciting things about it, for me, is the gamers themselves. And when I look at the culture, the interest in the sector from other athletes, artists, celebrities — it is enormous. This is a very significant expansion for VaynerSports.”

Bugha will be the first of many gamers to be represented by VaynerGaming as it expands into this new territory. We can expect some other high-profile signings from Fortnite and other top video games. It’s exciting to see gaming break through to the mainstream in this way, and could mean big things for the future of the Fortnite community.

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Your guide to Shadows in Fortnitemares 2020

Everything you need to know about Zombies in Fortnitemares 2020.

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Midas standing in front of Shadow Henchmen.

The addition of player-controlled Shadows might be the biggest addition to Fortnitemares 2020. For the first time in Fortnite’s history, players are able to respawn in core game modes.

The player base is already split as to whether or not this is a good addition to the game. Whether you like the change or not, it’s here to stay – at least for a while. Ahead, we’ll give you everything you need to know about Shadows in Fortnite.

How to turn into a Shadow

Turning into a Shadow is the easiest part of all of this – all you need to do is stay in the game after you die. Rage-quitters won’t be able to experience the primary feature of the Fortnitemares update.

The Shadow mechanic gives players an extra life after they die. You’ll still be able to communicate with your teammates, but your voice will be distorted – a nice touch, in our opinion.

Abilities

As a Shadow, you have the ability to scan the area for enemies, lunge forward, attack, and become invisible. Scanning the area is incredibly powerful, as it reveals all of the “real” players to the rest of the zombie horde.

To become invisible, stand still and sneak up on an opponent. Your eyes will still be visible, but they’re easy to miss when you’re running by them.

Healing

As a zombie, you can heal by consuming loot that eliminated players drop. You start with 100 HP and can gain it back by eating ammo, materials, items, and weapons.

It appears as though the amount of healing you receive scales based on the rarity of the loot. You will also keep the loot on your body, meaning the player who eliminates you can use it to help them win the game.

Winning

You might be wondering: can you win as a Shadow in Fortnitemares? Yes, you can. Eliminating all real players will grant a ‘Nitemare Royale’ to all of the zombies who survive.

In fact, winning as a shadow will count as a Solo win if you’re in that mode. There could be ten Shadows left in the lobby and you’ll still get a Solo win. With so many tools in the Shadow’s toolkit surviving to the end and winning as a Shadow might be the easiest way to win, right now.

Fighting Shadows

After playing a few games in the new Fortnitemares event, it will soon become clear that winning as a player tends to be more difficult than winning as a zombie. The Shadows can overwhelm you, break down your builds, and push you back with every hit. Husks were one thing, but the 2020 Shadows are like intelligent versions of the Husks – making them far more difficult to deal with.

So – how do you fight the Shadows? The only strategy that seems to work is to keep your distance. You can use Bouncers and Gauntlets to stay above the zombies and away from their attacks. The new Crossbow deals extra damage to Shadows, as does Midas’ Drum Gun – although there’s only one Drum Gun and the Crossbow can be unreliable.

As you can see in this clip from SypherPK, the Iron Man Gauntlets seem to be the best way to fight the Shadows – with Doctor Doom’s Gauntlets close behind. If we find any better methods, we’ll let you know.

Shadows will undoubtedly be the most controversial part of this update – either you’ll love them or you’ll hate them. It’s a cool idea to give players a second life in Fortnite, but it can be a bit overwhelming in the end-game scenarios.

Epic might need to make a few balance changes to the zombies after this update. Some have suggested that eliminating Shadows should grant players material and shields as a way to mitigate their destruction. For now, though, we’ll have to deal with the Shadows as they are. If you don’t like them, you can to stick to Arena.

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Leaked Fortnite 14.40 skins & cosmetic items

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New Skull Trooper Fortnitemare characters.

Fortnite’s v14.40 update has officially signalled the start of Fortnitemares 2020, and a brand-new patch means we have plenty of leaked skins and cosmetics to take a look at.

While Season 4 has been all about superheroes, Halloween is the name of the game for the next couple of weeks, with Fortnite’s annual spooky event Fortnitemares making it’s welcome return, and bringing back Midas too.

Midas disappeared at the end of Season 2 when his Device experiment ended in disaster, but the 14.40 update sees the character regain control of The Agency thanks to his Shadow Henchmen, who will play a significant role in the game for the next few weeks.

For cosmetics fans, a new update means new skins, gliders, back bling, and more to look at ahead of their addition to the Item Shop, and thanks to data miner HYPEX, we can take a look at everything that will appear in-game over the next few weeks.

Midas standing in front of Shadow Henchmen.
Midas is the star of the show in Fortnite’s 2020 Fortnitemares event.

Skins

As always, new skins are the highlight of any cosmetic drop, and there are plenty for fans to sink their teeth into during the Fortnitemares event.

Beef Boss and Fishstick are two new members of the Skull Squad, while the Skull Trooper himself gets a party makeover. Elsewhere, we have some new default characters for those who like to keep things simple, while the Good Doctor skin has a special emote that sees him transform into a massive monster when he drinks a potion.

Emotes

We’ve also got some new emotes, including one which sees your character play the banjo on a rocking chair, and a zombie walk which fits the Fortnitemares theme.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any gliders, back bling, or weapon wraps just yet, but we’ll be sure to add them to this article when they are revealed.

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Fortnite 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

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Fortnitemares is back as spooky season takes hold, with Midas making his return to the game in the v14.40 patch, which is live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.

Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, but with Halloween fast approaching on the horizon, it’s time for “Earth’s mightiest heroes” to take a backseat and make way for some ghoulish fun.

Of course, that means it’s time for the annual Fortnitemares event, with the 14.40 patch bringing some spooky additions and Halloween-themed items to help players get in the mood.

With the patch now rolling out across PC and consoles, here’s everything you need to know before you jump into the action.

Fortnite v14.40 Update patch notes


Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge

The headline addition in this patch is the return of Midas, who acts as the main character in the 2020 edition of the Fortnitemares Halloween event.

The character hasn’t been seen since Season 2 when his Device experiment backfired, flooding the entire map. Now, he has reappeared to cause some more havoc, taking residence at The Agency once again with an army of the undead to help him with his plans.

From October 21 to November 3, players who meet their demise in Solos, Duos, or Squads can return to battle as one of Midas’ Shadow Henchmen for a shot at earning a Nitemare Royale, and join your fellow Shadows to take down those still living by using otherworldly abilities.

Loot Pool Changes

Fortnitemares doesn’t just bring back Midas, but also introduces a number of new Halloween-themed items like the Witches Broom that let’s the user soar around the island, the Fiend Hunter Crossbow, and of course, the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher.

There’s also some new consumable items in the form of candy like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans, which will add health or shield, or perhaps give you some new powers to wield.

A major surprise though is the vaulting of the Charge Shotgun, which has been removed from the game for the foreseeable future.

Players have special Halloween items to enjoy during Fortnitemares.

Huge PC patch size

Those downloading on PC will notice that this week’s update is massive, coming in at 27GB, which is much larger than they typically tend to be.

This is good news for players though, as although this patch will take longer to download, it actually shaves 60GB off the entire file size of the game, improves loading performance, and will make for smaller update downloads in the future.

Bug Fixes

As always, Fortnite’s 14.40 patch also has some bug fixes that should improve quality of life for players, and address some of the frustrating glitches that can make the game frustrating to play.

These bug fixes have been taken from Epic Games’ official Trello board, and we’ll be sure to update this article with any more changes we discover.

General

  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.

Battle Royale

  • Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
  • TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.

Mobile

  • Vehicle buttons missing.
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.

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