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Did NickEh30 cheat during the charity Fortnite Streamer Bowl?

NickEh30 has been accused of cheating during the Fortnite Streamer Bowl. Is there any truth to these reports?

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NickEh30 has been accused of cheating during the Fortnite Streamer Bowl. Is there any truth to these reports?

Last night, the NFL, Twitch, and Fortnite joined forces to create one of the most entertaining Fortnite competitions in recent memory. Clix and Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears walked away with first prize, benefiting the charities of their choosing.

NickEh30 and his partner, David Morgan of the Vikings, placed sixth in the competition. The streamer is now in the midst of some controversy over his behavior during the event. Fans have accused the duo of cheating.

Before the third game, NickEh30 and Morgan can be seen chatting about their strategy. They were assigned to land in the Retail Row area but decided to intentionally land outside and rotate in. The first penalty for being outside of your zone was a warning. Nick wanted to take the warning for a chance at better loot.

This clip, which was posted on several subreddits including r/FortniteCompetitive and r/LivestreamFails, gained a lot of attention from the community. Even Nick’s celebratory Tweet was littered with comments about the alleged cheating.

After landing outside of the zone, Nick and Morgan snuck up on Chap, killing him from behind. In the clip below, you can hear Chap vocally wondering where Nick could have come from.

Opinion time

So, those are the facts. NickEh30 intentionally landed outside of the designated zone in order to get better loot. Is this cheating?

In my opinion, there’s a difference between gamesmanship and cheating. There were rules in place for players who left their zone. Nick knew this and decided to make the most of his warning to gain better loot.

This is the Streamer Bowl, after all. Is it cheating to intentionally foul a player in basketball? Is it cheating to intentionally take penalties in order to run the clock in Football? Here’s a clip of the Tennesse Titans doing exactly that in the playoffs a few weeks ago.

Was this cheating? Or was it a clever manipulation of the rules in order to gain an advantage? I’d argue that it’s the latter, and I’d say the same about what NickEh30 did.

Was it the most honest play of the night? No. That doesn’t mean it was cheating. Any team could land anywhere on the map if they were willing to take the penalty – just as Nick and his partner did.

I think the primary reason that Nick is getting so much hate is because of how nice he seems to be. His persona is ‘the nice guy,’ so seeing him manipulate the rules feels dirty. If Tfue or Chap did this, many of the commenters would be calling it 200-IQ. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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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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