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Epic Games allegedly have yet to pay players from Winter Royale, Summer Skirmish, and more

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More claims of Epic’s payout delays have come to light through a middleman. The report asserts that Epic has failed to pay dozens of players for their gameplay.

We’ve seen reports come out in the past about Epic’s failure to pay players for competing in tournaments and providing testing services. More claims along the same lines have been unveiled in a Reddit post by a middleman of sorts.

Before we get into the bulk of the Reddit post, we’d like to caution you against blindly believing everything in the post. While credible reports have come out about similar issues in the past, this latest report has some holes as you will see.

Reddit ‘middleman’ alleges more payout issues

According to a long Reddit post made by u/Returnoftruth, Epic Games has “stiffed” dozens of professional and semi-pro players. These alleged missing payouts date back all the way to the Summer Skirmish.

The user does not claim to be a competitive player himself, but apparently has “lots” of contacts in the competitive community.

“While I myself am not a competitive player, I’m in a few discords with professional Fortnite players and I’ve heard about this issue in ALL of them and not just recently, but for months. At first I didn’t believe it or just thought Epic might be behind on payments, but I could never imagine these players not being paid at some point. Fast-forward a few months and I see a post by Fnatic Motor in my timeline.”

Tweet showing Fnatic Motor’s allegation

The tweet from Fnatic Motor does raise concerns that the player has not been paid by Epic. In addition, other prominent players like ZexRow, also replied to the tweet with similar issues.

“Prior to this post I knew at least 4 players who had yet to be paid from certain events/customs and I realized this was still an issue. I didn’t expect to scroll down a bit further only to realize that many other HUGE names in the competitive scene had yet to be paid either. Some of these names include Pate1k, Secret Domentos, E11 Bloodx, TSM Zexrow.”

The poster directly accuses Epic’s Loomin and Sund0wn of ignoring players’ questions and demands for pay, but fails to provide concrete evidence of any of this.

“…a plethora of emails and discord messages between these players and Epic Staff (Loomin/Sund0wn included).”

At the beginning of the long, extensive post, Returnoftruth says they will provide “a lot of proof here,” but by the end of the post…only two images of any interactions are shown. No images are provided of the Discord chats/email chains.

The first is the tweet seen above and the second is a cut image of alleged numbers of players paid/unpaid from bygone events ie. Winter Royale, Summer Skirmish, etc.

Paid/Unpaid Players from Epic Games events

The above image is taken from a phone using the “Telia” company’s network. This means the screenshot was taken by someone from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia.

The post continues to the claim that they have seen evidence of pro players being ignored by Epic Games. Again, while the claims could be true, the writer does not prove any of these instances. According to Returnoftruth, this is due to the players not wanting their names to be made public.

“I’ve seen the messages myself and have followed up with professional players regarding this issue as recently as today. We really need a response from Epic Games, Loomin and SunD0wn because I’ve seen many messages where these two in particular have given players the runaround, followed by ignoring them. Any players I’ve listed thus far are not the most severe cases mind you. There are still other big names in the community that I have left out of this purposefully. I likely would not have involved myself if it wasn’t for Motor’s tweet. Hopefully we can get a response from Epic.”

You can view the entirety of the post here: Original Post on Reddit

Epic Games replies to the allegations

In order to ensure a good public image and help out any players that are possibly affected by these issues, Epic’s DanDaDaDanDan replied.

The employee first provided the ‘OP’ with a link to the official competitive payments page for Fortnite. This document lists all rules and procedures for when and how Epic will make payouts for players.

He also provides his email, [email protected], for contacting him directly. He does suggest that it is a possibility that Epic’s customer support team is mismanaged/missed the players’ pleas.

Epic’s preliminary replies to the post

He also states that any cases that are “escalate(d)” to him will receive a full post-mortem to help ensure this doesn’t happen again. The replies do hint at the possibility that the information in the post’s claims are true.

With that said, Dan did not directly confirm any of the allegations nor did he give out any players’ name.

Until ‘Returnoftruth’ can provide concrete evidence of the claims, we can’t be sure of the claims. We’ll keep providing you with additional information and updates as the situation develops.

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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.

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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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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
Via Epic Games

Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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