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Epic Games CEO speaks out against loot boxes in gaming

Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, has made his position on loot boxes clear.

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Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, has made his position on loot boxes clear.

Loot boxes represent one of the biggest topics in gaming outside of our Fortnite bubble. Somewhere along the line, they became a standard way to offer cosmetics and, sometimes, game-improving rewards to players.

There’s a long list of games that continue to push the loot box model; PUBG, Overwatch, Apex Legends, FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K to name a few. Even Fortnite Save the World used Loot Llamas when the game first came out.

Epic Games is taking a stand against loot boxes, however, with CEO Tim Sweeney at the helm. He spoke about this monetization practice in gaming during the DICE Summit in Las Vegas, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

On the topic of loot boxes in gaming, Sweeney told the crowd, “We have to ask ourselves, as an industry, what we want to be when we grow up. Do we want to be like Las Vegas, with slot machines … or do we want to be widely respected as creators of products that customers can trust? I think we will see more and more publishers move away from loot boxes.”

“We should be very reticent of creating an experience where the outcome can be influenced by spending money,” he continued. “Loot boxes play on all the mechanics of gambling except for the ability to get more money out in the end.”

Sweeney backed up this talk through action from Epic Games. Llamas in Save the World now tell you what they hold. Epic’s purchase of Rocket League developer, Psynoix, came with the phasing out of the random crates from the game.

Sweeney also spoke about Epic’s partnerships with media giants like Marvel and Star Wars. The CEO clearly thinks that this is a much more wholesome approach to monetization than loot boxes.

“The future of this, if you have an awesome new product, you start releasing free stuff in games and people get [engaged with it],” Sweeney told the audience.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a consumer who is pro-loot boxes. Gamers, generally, hate loot boxes as the industry is getting pressure from audiences and governments. Local and national legislation is being passed across the globe in an effort to remove loot boxes from the gaming industry.

With these statements from Tim Sweeney and actions from Epic, it’s clear that they’re positioning themselves on the right side of history.

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Unexplained Fortnite glitch lets you revive players instantly

For now, this revive exploit seems to occur randomly in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite is no stranger to glitches – some of them more game-breaking than others. Glitches come in two forms: exploits and issues. Sometimes, glitches happen randomly. Other times, players trigger a glitch through an action or game mechanic. The former is often a negative to the player while the latter is beneficial.

Exploits are almost always intentional, as they give one player an advantage over another. It’s rare that exploits go completely unexplained, as someone always tends to find out what triggered them.

We have the rare unexplained exploit, here – at least, at the time of writing. We’ve seen a few clips of this exploit but no one has come out with a tutorial on how to do it. This glitch involves reviving a player. As you can see from the clip, below, this player’s opponent instantly resurrects his downed teammate.

Our first instinct is to conclude that this player knows something we don’t – as is the case most of the time. Another clip from the r/FortniteBR subreddit would suggest this isn’t the case, however.

Reddit user u/Raszero posted a similar clip from his perspective. In the clip, he revives his teammate instantly, breaking down every frame to try and figure out what he did to trigger the glitch.

A lot of commenters pointed to the pet on his teammate’s back and the fact that he carried his teammate before reviving. Normally, these comments would give us a lead but the first clip disproves both of them. As of now, this exploit goes unexplained.

We’ll update this post if someone publishes a tutorial on how to complete this exploit. For now, though, the pet back bling and carrying theories seem to be debunked by the first clip. In the end, this could just be a random glitch that happens from time to time. We’ll have to wait and see.

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New Crash Pad strategies make it a must-have in competitive Fortnite

Here’s a new OP way to use Crash Pads in Fortnite Season 3.

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Crash Pads were one of the only unique items that Epic added to Fortnite before Season 3 began. We’ve seen similar mechanics in the Bounce Pads, before, but these pads work a bit differently.

By now, most players know that they can use a Crash Pad to break through an enemy’s structure. A lot of players will push opponents, throw down a Crash Pad, and jump in to finish the kill. This is old news, but YouTuber ShakaFN innovated on this strategy. He posted a video that showed five new Crash Pad strategies that put them into the must-carry strategy.

The first strategy in Shaka’s video is the most useful and informative. The strategy is similar to the grenade-stack strategy that we see in nearly all competitive matches. You need to be 27 meters away from an enemy, look straight into the sky, and throw a Crash Pad.

After that, you throw another Crash Pad at your feet to push your opponent. If your timing is perfect, then you should land as the first Crash Pad breaks through an enemy’s box. Shaka also showcased how you can use the same strategy to get a free sniper shot on an opponent. This would synergize perfectly with the new Flare Gun.

Most of the other strategies in his video are too circumstantial for widespread use, but all of them are innovations that bring us new ways to use the Crash Pad as an offensive tool.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see some top-tier players using these strategies in competitive matches, so hop into Creative Mode and practice your timing!

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Fortnite Season 3 leak reveals vehicle stats, fuel consumption & more

We now know exactly how fuel will work when cars come to Fortnite Season 3.

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Land vehicles have been sorely missing from Fortnite for the entirety of Chapter 2. We started with the boat, then expanded to the helicopter, and can now hook onto Sharks and use them for transportation. In Season 3, fans were expecting to see cars enter the game, and we should be welcoming them to Fortnite, soon.

Reports have it that cars will come to Fortnite on July 21 – nearly a month after Season 3 first released. We can assume, then, that the water level will continue to lower week by week until the roads are clear for cars to emerge.

We’ve seen bits and pieces of details about cars trickle through, but July 6 revealed the most comprehensive information about cars to date. This information was provided by Hypex and placed into some easy-to-read infographics by FireMonkey. Let’s start with car types and more details about gas pumps.

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We already knew the general vehicle types coming to Fortnite, but this new information gives us the official names. More importantly, it tells us a lot about how fuel will work when cars are eventually added. According to the graphic, you’ll be able to drag the hose a considerable distance away from the pump.

As interesting as this is, it’s a bit confusing. Previous reports had it that gasoline would be an ammo type, suggesting that we could carry it on our player. This new leak points to the need to visit a pump while in the game.

That’s not all that these leaks provided us. We now know that cars will begin to leak fuel when players shoot them, which makes sense as a game mechanic. Here’s all of the information about fuel consumption, boost, and more for each vehicle type.

Cars seem to be one of the more intricate Fortnite vehicles that Epic have ever added. The mechanics we’ve seen in the past, largely, relate to durability and mobility. Cars will have all of that and then some.

There’s still a lot to learn about cars – most of which we won’t know until they come into the game. Until then, this gives us nearly everything we need to speculate as to how powerful the first land vehicles in Chapter 2 will be.

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