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Epic Games compensate Fortnite & Rocket League players who bought loot boxes

Epic Games are giving Fortnite Save the World players who purchased random Loot Llamas V-Bucks following a class action lawsuit.

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Are you wondering ‘why did Fortnite give me 1,000 VBucks?’ Well, Epic Games are offering Fortnite and Rocket League players who bought random loot boxes 1,000 VBucks and Rocket League Credits.

Whether or not you like the feeling of opening random loot boxes in video games, it seems to be on its way out. We’re at the point where governments are even getting involved, calling these systems “gambling” that’s aimed at children.

On the whole, loot boxes are bad for the consumer. Instead of buying the cosmetics you want, loot boxes force you to gamble that you’ll get something cool and useful. You could, but you could also get something you’ll never use.

Loot boxes have been an extremely successful source of profit for a lot of game developers. Some are more predatory than others, as they offer in-game advantages that reward players for gambling real-world money.

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In its early days, Fortnite was no different from a lot of these games. When Fortnite was Save the World-only, they offered random loot boxes in the form of Loot Llamas. You could gain powerful schematics and rare characters from these loot boxes, giving the game a pay-to-win feel.

Once Battle Royale took off, Epic changed the system in favor of a more transparent model. With their BR offering, Epic also changed the gaming monetization landscape for the better with the introduction of the Battle Pass. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a game that doesn’t offer such a system.

Years after discontinuing loot boxes, Epic are compensating players who purchased items through their old system. “With preliminary approval for a class action settlement,” they wrote in a blog post, “We’re awarding 1,000 V-Bucks to anyone that purchased a random Loot Llama. While this settlement was for U.S. players only, we have decided to make this benefit available to players globally.”

This reward extends to one of Epic’s new properties, Rocket League. Epic purchased Psynoix, Rocket League’s developer, in 2019. Since then, they completely redesigned their monetization system – moving it away from a CS:GO-style crate & key system and toward the Fortnite Battle Pass system.

Rocket League players who purchased keys will also receive 1,000 Rocket League coins – enough to unlock the current Rocket Pass.

Whether you’re a fan of Fortnite or not, there’s no denying that Epic have helped change gaming monetization for the better. Loot boxes are on their way out of gaming, and Epic played a huge role in that shift.

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Fortnite devs finally respond to longstanding controller inventory bug

After over a year, Epic Games have finally confirmed that they’re investigating the notorious controller inventory bug.

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Fortnite controller players have been complaining about a frustrating inventory bug for well over a year. Finally, after months of silence, Epic have acknowledged the issue.

Fortnite is one of the first and only games to bring cross-platform to competitive play. Controller players on all platforms compete in the same bracket as PC players on mouse and keyboard.

You can mention the advantages and disadvantages of each input, but there are a few things that fall outside of the typical “balance” conversation. One of these things is a bug that has been affecting controller players for well over a year.

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Epic respond to longstanding Fortnite controller bug

This controller inventory bug has been in the game since NICKMERCS was still streaming Fortnite every day.

For the entirety of Fortnite’s lifespan, controller players would open their inventory to find their cursor on their first slot. From there, there was consistency regarding where you wanted to move your weapons and items or drop materials for a teammate.

A bug surfaced over a year ago, causing controller players to have their equipped item be the first thing selected when opening their inventory. What’s worse is that sometimes, multiple items would be selected and it would freeze the screen, forcing you to back out and re-enter the inventory.

Naturally, this led to a lot of frustration within the community. Several Reddit threads popped up showcasing and complaining about the bug, but Epic never seemed to take notice.

This was the case until Redditor gh0stly2 tagged the Epic development team in the comments of one of these posts.”We know you guys see this stuff,” he wrote, “and it’s really unacceptable that this has been in the game for a whole year. Get rid of it.”

To his surprise, the team responded, saying, “Thanks for the tag and bringing to our attention. Eyes on it now,” and confirming that they’re tracking the issue.

At the time of writing, the issue still isn’t posted on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello board, but the Reddit post is only a day old. We expect to see the problem addressed in a future patch, as Epic still need to do some investigating.

This change might be coming a bit late, but it’s good to know that Epic are finally looking into the problem and will be working on a fix. For now, that’s all we can ask.

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When does Fortnite Season 5 end and Season 6 begin?

Fortnite Season 5 will eventually come to an end, giving way to Season 6. Here’s what we know about the Fortnite Season 6 release date.

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Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass

The Fortnite Season 6 release date is still decently far away. Here’s everything we know about the new Fortnite season so far.

Fortnite Season 5 was a return to form for the game, mirroring the popularity of the same season in Chapter 1. The game feels fresh and new again – something that hasn’t been the case for a long time.

Still, fans are looking forward to when the next Fortnite season will begin. Not everything about the new season is perfect, and some players are ready to move on from the quests, NPCs, and IO Guards.

Fortnite Season 6 release date

Fortnite Season 5 will be longer than a traditional Fortnite season, but that’s to be expected. We’re not talking Chapter 2 Season 1 and 2 long, but it will be above average in length.

This is, of course, because the season takes place over the holidays. Fortnite developers are going on break and extending the season.

Fortnite Season 6 is scheduled to release on March 15, 2021. Players still have about a month to finish the Battle Pass at the time of writing.

What will Epic do with the last month of Fortnite Season 5 content? Your guess is as good as ours.

We’ll likely see a few more Bounty Hunters added to the game, along with characters from familiar video game series.

There’s even speculation that Kevin the Cube will make an appearance before the end of the season. We still have a lot of content to discover, so don’t wish away Season 5 so quickly.

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Epic disable pay-to-win Boundless skins in competitive Fortnite

Epic have banned the pay-to-win superhero skins from Fortnite Season 5 competitive play while they work on a fix

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Due to an exploit that allows players to circumvent recent nerfs, Epic have disabled the Boundless superhero skins in competitive modes.

It’s been a wild ride for players who own the Boundless superhero skin set in Fortnite. We’ve covered it several times, but for those who don’t know, the all-black and all-white variations of the customizable skin were very difficult to see in certain situations.

Epic nerfed the skin in v15.30, which disabled players from using the all-black or all-white variants. This only lasted a few hours, though, as players soon found a way around the new ban with an easy exploit.

You can watch the original exploit video from Glitch King below. The method is a bit obscure, so it’s much easier to understand if you watch it rather than read it.

The next day, on February 2, Epic released a statement on Twitter, banning the Boundless superhero set from competitive play until the next patch.

Presumably, Epic already have a fix in mind for this issue. They gave the v15.40 patch as a hard deadline, so we can assume that it will be addressed within the next two weeks.

Until then, competitive Fortnite players are going to have to play without one of the most overpowered skins that Fortnite has ever seen.

Players who only purchased the Boundless set for the all-black or all-white variants can still receive a refund for the skin within February. We expect this deadline to be extended, as Epic need to further alter the outfit.

All of this is a bit of a shame, as the Boundless set is one of the best skin sets that Fortnite has ever released. For one low price, players gain access to an unlimited number of customization options. Let’s hope this kind of thing doesn’t dissuade Epic from adding similar skins in the future.

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