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Clix opens up about the stresses of being a popular streamer

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrad discusses the pressure, fear, and regret that come along with being a top streamer at 15.

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Fortnite has opened the door to a new wave of popular streamers and pro players. It amplified everything. Larger streamers like Ninja and Nickmercs grew to astronomical heights. Mid-size streamers like SypherPK and and Tfue blew up, and complete unknowns became household names.

Fortnite is responsible for paving the way for the careers of so many young players. There’s a whole new batch of famous friend groups popping up – all revolving around Fortnite. The game that so many people love – and love to hate – has done indisputable good for so many people.

As any top streamer will tell you, though, fame and success come as a double-edged sword. These young players are surpassing their wildest dreams at only 15, 16, and 17. Unfortunately, they’re also facing problems that grown men and women struggle to deal with.

Cody ‘Clix’ Conrad has been as successful as anyone since Fortnite took off. He went from an unknown gamer to one of the most popular streamers on Twitch. He’s one of the only players to qualify for all of the major competitive events, and regularly pulls tens of thousands of viewers on his streams. Right now, streaming his DreamHack heats, Clix has only 10k fewer viewers than Shroud. He’s 20k ahead of Sodapoppin and 30k ahead of Summit – all at 15 years old.

During a stream on August 19, Clix opened up to his viewers about the pressures that come with being a top streamer at such a young age. He discussed the pressure, being swatted, being blackmailed for thousands of dollars, the difficulty of discerning someone’s intentions, and generally wanting to be a normal teenager.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love where I am – the community I have,” Clix told his chat, “but I want to go back to high school. I want to live my normal years.” He went on to clarify that he’s incredibly grateful for where he is, but that he can’t even go back to his normal high school. “They think I’m gonna be a distraction to the students.”

Clix went on to talk about one of the most common pitfalls of fame: wondering whether people are there for you or for your money and fame. He’s 15 years old, and he already has to think about this stuff. “Money’s not happiness … I’m a normal kid just like you guys, bro, and you guys are probably less stressed than I am. I always gotta worry about s**t.”

One word seemed to come up again and again while Clix was talking: scary. He was thrust into the limelight out of nowhere – just a kid playing video games in his room. Being rich and famous sounds great, but for Clix and other young Fortnite players, it came at the cost of living their normal life.

“This is the one thing that pisses me off,” he explained, “if I’m sad, they’re like, ‘how the f**k are you sad? You’re 15, you’re a millionaire, and you’re famous?’ Like, shut the f**k up, dude. It’s not about the money, it’s not about the fame, it’s not about any of that s**t, dude.”

All of this is something that almost no one reading this article can relate to. Clix’s fans are, largely, around his age or younger. They look up to him, but as he freely admits, he’s normal kid just like they are. He has an immense amount of pressure on his shoulders – none of which he asked for. He just wanted to go pro at Fortnite. You could say “this is what he signed up for,” but we’re willing to bet that he had no idea what the cost would be.

As a 15-year-old streamer who averages tens of thousands of viewers, Clix is likely set for life. He has a profitable career and a dedicated fanbase that will almost certainly follow him to the next game when Fortnite’s lifecycle ends. It’s important to understand that this came at a massive cost for him, though. Cody Conrad sacrificed his teenage experience for online success. He might not be willing to trade it all for a normal life, but we can’t blame him if he would.

We’re not talking about a 28-year-old streamer who blew up from Fortnite and can now live the dream while the rest of his peers are sitting in a cubicle. Clix is a teenager. He’d be in school, goofing around with friends. He’d be experiencing the time that most adults reminisce about – making mistakes that didn’t get analyzed by thousands of voyeurs.

We think that this is an important perspective for people to see: a young streamer dealing with the pitfalls of having money and fame at such a young age. Think about this stuff before you tweet about these kids. Would you have done better with tens of thousands of viewers at 14 or 15? Probably not.

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How to earn the free Fortnite Crew emote in Season 5

Epic Games are offering players who sign up for the Fortnite Crew membership a free, exclusive emote for a limited time.

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Epic Games is offering players a free emote to go with their Fortnite Crew membership in Fortnite Season 5.

The Fortnite Crew membership is an interesting idea. Players can sign up for the system for $11.99 per month. In return, they receive the Battle Pass, an exclusive cosmetic set, and 1,000 V-Bucks to use as they please.

January 2021 was the second month of the Crew system, and it wasn’t without its speed bumps. Some players logged in on January 1 to see that their Green Arrow skin pack was nowhere to be found.

Even more players had to wait over 2 weeks to receive their V-Bucks for the month. The system is still new, but it’s clear that Epic have some polishing to do.

As a way to throw Fortnite Crew members a bone, Epic are offering a free “Members Only” emote to anyone who signs up for the Crew pack.

You need to sign up for a Fortnite Crew membership and log into Fortnite before February 15. This timing means that non-members can wait and see what the February cosmetic pack holds before committing.

The Crew membership, when it’s working, is a good deal for dedicated Fortnite players who want to get the most bang for their buck. An exclusive skin, pickaxe, back bling, and 1,000 V-Bucks is well worth the $11.99 price tag.

We’ll let you know when we learn more about the February Fortnite Crew pack. Until then, enjoy Season 5.

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All XP Coin locations for Fortnite Season 5 Week 7

XP Coins have finally returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where you can find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

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XP Coins have returned to Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to find all of them as of Season 5 Week 7.

Fortnite Season 5 is offering players a plethora of ways to earn XP and rank up through the Battle Pass. The most recently-added XP-gathering method is through the XP Coins.

Most players will remember XP Coins from the past few seasons. They seemed to be everywhere back then, but they were removed at the start of the season.

Ahead, we’ll give you a map of all the XP coin locations. We’ll make sure to update you as more XP Coins are added to the map.

Fortnite XP Coin locations

XP coins are scattered all across the map. You can find them from Catty Corner to Stealthy Stronghold. Here’s a map of all of the available XP Coins, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as more XP coins become available. You’ll need to reach level 250 to unlock all of the enlightened skins in Season 5, so finding these will be well worth your time.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenge guide

The Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges are here. Take a look at how to complete all of them in this challenge guide.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 is here. Take a look at all of the challenges and how to complete them.

Fortnite Season 5 is chugging along, but there’s still about two months left. The holiday break extended the latest season, so there’s still plenty of time to make your way through the Battle Pass.

The Week 7 challenges are relatively straightforward, with most of them able to be completed without too much effort.

A couple of these challenges will have you searching the same area in Slurpy Swamp, so a favorable bus path in Team Rumble will allow you to complete them in one shot. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 7 challenges

The good news in the Week 7 challenges is that all of them can be completed in Team Rumble. We have a separate article detailing the locations of Books in Holly Hedges and Sweaty Sands. You can find that here.

The Legendary challenge requires players to deal damage to opponents in Vehicles. This one is going to be a headache, as there’s no way to force another player to be inside of a car or boat when you shoot them.

Hopefully, you can get into a game of Team Rumble with like-minded enemies – sitting in Motorboats and trading shots with you. If not, it’s going to take some serious gaming to finish this one. Good luck!

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