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Epic Games addresses competitive payout issues & unveils future payment improvements

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Epic Games has come under fire several times in recent months for failing to pay competitive players for victories and services. In a new blog post, they’ve put forth a new plan to better deliver payments to players.

Let’s be honest. Competitive Fortnite has been having a rough ride lately due to some serious payment scandals. These include accusations from a variety of competitive players including winners from Winter Royale & Summer Skirmish.

In an attempt to clear things up and admit to their shortcomings, Epic Games has released an extensive new competitive blog post on payments.

Payment Process Improvements

It’s a long road to redemption for Epic Game’s payment team

Due to the scandals of players not receiving payment, Epic wants to reassure current and upcoming competitive players that this will not happen in the future.

The first step in Epic’s plan to rethink the Fortnite prize payment system is a series of improvements to help with information gathering and communication.

“Our primary areas of focus for improvements to the Competitive Payment process include: (i) providing players with status updates, via email, on a regular basis; (ii) creating a more intuitive landing page and payment flow that allows players to more easily track the status of their payments; and (iii) enabling players to more easily make changes to their information. Find more details on the upcoming changes below:”

This three pronged plan is how Epic hopes to ensure that players understand what is expected of them. In return, Epic will provide faster, direct updates on payments to the players at reasonable intervals.

“We will now be sending regular email updates on payment status to players.

  • Please note that all communication and payment information will be processed via the email associated with your winning EpicID.”

While we want to commend Epic’s obvious efforts to improve, we must point out that these procedures should have been in place from the beginning. The post continues with more information about how Epic will achieve a better future for competitive payments.

  • The tax information verification process and “Prize Acceptance and Release Form” segments will now be combined into the same location.
    • For minor players, their parent/guardian will also need to provide their email and phone number to accept the payment on behalf of the minor.  
      • Note: The minor is still considered the prize recipient and will be issued a 1099-Misc or 1042-S, as applicable, by Epic.
    • Tax verification can take up to two weeks.
    • Once the tax information verification process has been completed, players will only need to agree to the consent form for future events.
  • Future improvements will enable players to more easily update their information without the need for assistance from Player Support. This includes updates to a player’s tax ID, tax country, address, and name.
  • On the payment portal, we will also be clearly displaying to players the events they’ve qualified for, the prize (pre-tax) that they’ve won, the amount taxed, the net payout they’ve received, and the status of their tax verification and payment.

The above information does give a sense of Epic’s genuine regret over their past inadequacies. Detailed information about taxes, player support, and payment amounts should be a no-brainer in all esports leagues.

All these improvements are said to be “coming soon” and no specific ETA has been given.

New Payment Flow’ for prize winners

Hopefully these systems are in place for the FWC prize payouts

In addition to these procedural improvements, Epic wants to implement a whole new ‘Payment Flow System’ and interface. The new system will show prize winners a clear visual flow of their current payment status.

The new concept is very reminiscent of how UPS and FedEx display their deliveries for customers. The payment flow system will be made in partnership with HyperWallet.

“Once the Tax Interview and consent form process have been completed and approved, you’ll receive an Account Activation email from HyperWallet. After accepting this email, you’ be prompted to follow the HyperWallet process for providing payment information.

After the payment verification process has been completed and approved, players will be able to track the status of their payment on HyperWallet (Created, Pending Action, Processing, Released). More information on this flow will be provided once it becomes available.”

New Payment Flow System – via Epic Games/HyperWallet

Info for unpaid winners from events before April 2019

Some winners from Winter Royale are still allegedly awaiting payment

Epic Games ended the major blog post with information regarding those players who have not been paid from events before April 2019.

These would include all the players that have complained about being unpaid from Winter Royale, Summer Skirmish, and beyond.

Here’s Epic’s full statement on the matter:

If you won a prize in a tournament prior to April 2019, you will still need to continue using our existing payment flow. Our Player Support agents have begun actively reaching out to any players who have yet to submit payment information to help them through the process.

To track folks down, we’re sending an email to all accounts associated with a winning EpicID who have not submitted the required information or who have yet to be paid. In this email, we’re including specific instructions regarding payment next-steps, along with contact information for a Player Support agent to help guide you through the process.

We’re also sending in-game messages via the Gift Box system to inform players which email address they need to check to continue the payment process.

Players who became eligible for a prize from an event that occurred after April 1, 2019, will be able to use the improved payment process described above once they become available.

This new information does seem very positive for both the future of Fortnite esports and the unpaid players.

In all honesty, many of these players should have been contacted and paid long before this. With that said, it’s good to see that Epic has a solid plan for the future.

The end of the post includes some contact information for players that need additional assistance.

For further assistance regarding the Competitive Payment process, please send an email to [email protected]. A Player Support agent will be assigned to your case once we receive your email, so be sure to keep an eye on your email for a response.

Original post from Epic Games can be viewed in full on Fortnite.com.

While the post doesn’t immediately take care of every payment problem, it makes it clear that Epic is done messing around with payments. They know they’ve messed up in the past and are seeking to deliver a much improved system for the Fortnite World Cup and future events.

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Fortnite Omni Chip locations: how to upgrade Omni Sword in Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduces a pickaxes called the Omni Sword that players can customize using Omni Chips. Here’s how to get them!

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Epic Games has introduced Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2 which players can use to customize the new Omni Sword.

With each new Fortnite season, players can look forward to a new form of currency used to unlock different cosmetics. In seasons past, players had to collect feathers, paint cans, and alien artifacts.

Now, Fortnite Season 2 introduces Omni Chips. This seasonal currency can be used by players to unlock customization options for the Omni Sword.

Here’s how to unlock the Omni Sword and where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2.

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Where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2

In order to start collecting Omni Chips, players first need to unlock the Omni Sword Pickaxe. This is on page one of the Battle Pass and can be purchased for 7 Battle Stars.

Now that players have the sword, it’s time to start collecting Omni Chips. Each week, players will be given a new set of Omni Sword quests that reward them with Omni Chips once completed.

The quests are as simple as visiting specific locations and collecting Omni Chips. The maps below will show where that week’s chips are located starting with week 1.

Week 1 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni chips at Greasy Grove, Logjam Lumberyard, and Mighty Monument:

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Week 2 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Loot Landing, The Temple, and Chonkers Speedway.

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Week 3 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Synapse Station, Sanctuary, and Camp Cuddle.

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Week 4 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Daily Bugle, Condo Canyon, and Windbreakers.

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Week 5 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Rocky Reels, Launchpad, and Shifty Shafts.

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Week 6 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Seven Outpost II, Crispy Crater, and Tumbledown Temple.

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Week 7 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Sleepy Sounds, Command Cavern, and Cuddle Cruisers.

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Week 8 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Joneses, Shell or High Water, and Coney Crossroads.

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It’s important to note that while the challenges are released weekly, they won’t expire until the end of the season. Meaning you can wait until the last minute to collect all of the Omni Chips.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock Prowler in Season 2.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends, Season 3 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts. The season is off to a heated start, and it’s only going to get more intense.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 has just entered its second season, and it’s off to a great start. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ended without much warning ahead of time from Epic Games. In fact, only a day before the Season ended did we get an announcement for Season 2.

Regardless, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is off to a hot start. We have new POIs, weapons, and a flashy new Battle Pass. There’s also no building to start and an ongoing turf war.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 End?

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Fortnite Season 2 will end on June 3, 2022. This means the second season of the new chapter will last a little less than three months making it fairly short compared to Season 1.

This end date was found in the in-game files by data miners. Unlike last season where Epic Games listed two season end dates, there is only one end date this time around.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 3 to start on June 4.

That being said, leaker Shiina believes there will be an extended period of downtime after the season ends to prep for Season 3. We will know more about this delay as time draws closer.

Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event?

The final update for Fortnite Season 2 is here and we now have confirmation that, yes, there will be a live event!

The Season 2 live event will likely focus on stopping the new Doomsday Device from going off at Loot Lake. It is a very similar tower to that of Midas’ Doomsday Device in Chapter 2 Season 2.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 2. This is the second season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 2”, it’s technically Season 20.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

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For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 3 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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How to unlock Marvel’s Prowler in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduced Marvel’s Prowler to the Battle Royale, and players can unlock him via the Battle Pass and a few challenges.

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Fortnite Season 2 adds not one but two Marvel characters to the game via the Battle Pass, but players might not be familiar with Prowler.

Season 2 started off hot with an amazing battle pass and a shocking removal of the game’s iconic building mechanic. Players were even more excited to see the Battle Pass had two crossover characters.

The first is Doctor Strange who has a new movie releasing in May. However, players may not be super familiar with the second crossover character. And it was surprisingly released alongside the Fortnite v20.20 update.

Prowler is an alias used by a number of people in the Marvel universe. But he most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as Miles Morales’ uncle. And the in-game skin is a similar depiction of the character.

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Unlocking Prowler in Fortnite Season 2

As mentioned before, Prowler was locked behind a time gate. Players can unlock him by completing special challenges starting on April 19.

There are nine cosmetic items in the Prowler set, and the skin comes in two styles. Players can unlock an emote, pickaxe, glider, and more in a little over a month.

His unlock requirements are identical to that of Superman or The Foundation. Once the timer runs out, players can complete Prowler-specific challenges to unlock each piece of the set.

Here are the Fortnite Season 2 Prowler challenges and rewards:

  • Headshot opponents with a thermal weapons x 3 – Mark of the Prowler wrap
  • Use a spray at The Daily Bugle – Prowler Tag spray
  • Collect 300 Bars – On The Prowl loading screen
  • Collect three different weapon types of Epic Rarity or higher in a single match – Prowler Banner Icon
  • Damage Opponents while crouched or sliding x 500 – Energy Claw Pickaxe
  • Mod a Vehicle, then drive it 500 meters in a single match – Prowler’s Grasp Emoticon
  • Complete 3 Prowler Quests – Prowler skin
  • Complete 7 Prowler Quests – Slash and Smash Emote/Sky Prowler Glider
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For more Forntite, check out when Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

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