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Epic Games issues new Competitive Update – XXiF suspended, schedule changes

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Epic Games has been struggling to find their footing with Fortnite esports and it seems that will continue. They’ve released a new competitive update that will not please the competitive community.

What’s the penalty you would give to a player that cheats in a major esports tournament? A lifetime ban? A year suspension? Epic Games has other ideas on the matter.

In a new competitive update, Epic Games addresses the cheating that occurred during Week 3 of the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers. If you care about the integrity of Fortnite esports, get ready to rage.

Competitive Update – Bans, Schedule Changes

Epic Games released their weekly competitive update post on Friday May 2nd and started off by talking about the cheating that occurred during Week 3.

Rise XXiF was accused of cheating via getting fed kills by fellow players. Here’s the clip that proves the cheating took place, other evidence has also circulated around the community.

Epic Games’ blog post had this to say about Xxif’s cheating:

OFFICIAL COMPETITIVE RULING

‘Based on an internal investigation, we have concluded that a group of players attempted to undermine the Week 3 Fortnite World Cup Online Open competition on April 28 by colluding across several matches.

All players involved will receive a 14 day competitive ban and will be ineligible for any Week 3 prizes. This group also included a player whose score would have qualified them for the Fortnite World Cup finals in New York. Consequently, in addition to the competitive ban and loss of prizing, this player will also forfeit their Fortnite World Cup Finals qualification spot. As a result, the qualification spot will be granted to the next highest ranking player on the Week 3 Finals leaderboard for the NA-E region who has yet to qualify for Solos.’

Though the wording of the post is unclear, it seems that Epic Games has decided to give XXiF a 14 day timeout for cheating in a $30 million dollar tournament.

His World Cup qualification spot has been taken from him and given to the next person down the list, but he can try again in 2 weeks time. At which point, it is perfectly plausible that he will attempt to cheat again.

Our conclusion of the matter is that Epic Games simply does not understand the gravity of the situation. Cheating in gaming and especially esports needs to be taken seriously.

According to Epic, they’ve also banned close to 700 other players who cheated in one way or another.

‘Additionally, we took action against 698 other players for breaking the Official Rules. As a reminder, competing on alternate or new accounts to circumvent competitive bans in any way may result in users being banned from all future competitive play permanently.

We take Fortnite competitive integrity extremely seriously, and we expect all of our players to live up to the standards specified in the Official Rules. For more information, please see our most recent blog on the subject: 
https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/competitive/news/competitive-game-integrity.’

Epic Games also gave some updates on what is happening with major glitches that were present during the Week 3 competitions.

WEEKEND ISSUES UPDATE

‘We’ve recently been able to identify, prioritize, and solve several issues thanks to your help. Clear video evidence, detailed descriptions of problems, and game logs go a long way in helping to accelerate fixes. Thank you!

  • Reboot Van spawning issues.
    • We discovered an error in which players could respawn if the rebooter did not completely finish the reboot channelled interaction. This bug also caused the game to eliminate the rebooted players after a few seconds. We temporarily disabled the Reboot Van in competitive modes to avoid any potential scoring issues while we worked on a solve. 
    • Thanks to your help, we’ve fixed and rebooted the Reboot Van in all competitive modes. The Reboot Van now functions as intended; if the rebooter is eliminated while attempting to reboot a teammate, the Reboot stops and is unsuccessful, and both players will be eliminated.
  • HLOD textures failing to fully load in Tilted Towers, Retail Row, and Polar Peak.
    • This was brought to our attention and hotfixed early Saturday morning.
    • We’re continuing to carefully monitor this, so please continue to call it out if you experience texture issues within Fortnite.
  • Players unable to build after gliding.
    • We discovered an issue where players are unable to build after landing from a glider.
    • We’ve managed to reproduce this bug internally and have slotted a fix in an upcoming release (targeting v9.00).
  • Turbo Building issues.
    • Thanks to your help, we discovered a bug with Turbo Build that appears to be tied to certain networking conditions that would cause players to be unable to build for a few frames.
    • We implemented a hotfix on 5/1 which we believe will help address this issue under most network conditions, but we’re still not 100% certain we’ve fixed all cases. We will be closely tracking the fix to make sure the issue is resolved, so please let us know if you run into any additional problems.

You can follow our progress with other bugs and issues with our Trello board here.’

While some of the bugs have been fixed, failed texture loading and bugged building seem to still be an upcoming feature in Week 4.

These are decent updates for community to evaluate the current quality of the competitive landscape, but they failed to address the Shadow Bomb.

The new item has several game breaking bugs which allows players to remain invisible and/or permanent in Shadowform. We believe the item should be complete disabled for the weekend’s World Cup qualifier.

The rest of the blog post focused on highlighting the new Stream Replays feature and giving an update on a few schedule changes for Week 4. This only affects Brazel and EU regions.

STREAMING REPLAYS – CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE ON PC & MAC

‘This past weekend, we launched streaming replays so you can quickly watch the matches you’ve just played or share them across social with friends. In an effort to balance the desire to have replays available ASAP while not creating competitive fairness issues, we’ll be reducing the delay on replay availability from 10 minutes down to 5 minutes before you can view the replay from a specific match. We will continue to evaluate the appropriate delay window, and look forward to your feedback.’

‘Note: Replays are only valid until the next major update (e.g. v9.00) and are currently only available on PC and Mac.’

WEEK 4 FORTNITE WORLD CUP ONLINE OPEN SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS

‘This upcoming weekend, there will be some slight schedule adjustments for the Semi-Finals of the Fortnite World Cup Online Opens.

Europe Semi-Finals

2:00 PM UTC – 5:00 PM UTC 

Brazil Semi-Finals

5:00 PM Brasilia – 8:00 PM Brasilia

All other regional times will remain unchanged from previous weekends, including the Finals on Sunday. When in doubt, please consult the times listed in game. Best of luck!’

You can find the full post on the Fortnite official website. All information from the post is included in the article above.

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Is Fortnite Mobile returning to Apple App Store?

The verdict has been issued for the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit, but what does this mean for the future of Fortnite Mobile on the App Store?

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It’s been over a year since Fortnite Mobile was removed from the Apple App Store, and here’s what we know about its return.

Updated 9/22/2021 – Following an appeal submitted by Epic Games, Apple has confirmed “Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple Ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals.” Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, believes this process could take up to 5 years.

On August 13, 2020, Apple removed Fortnite Mobil removed from the App Store. This was because Epic Games added a third-party payment option which is against Apple TOS.

The direct payment method allowed players to pay Epic Games directly in exchange for V-Bucks. Epic incentivized this method of payment by discounting all purchases made directly to Epic Games.

Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple with claims the App Store is an anti-competitive marketplace. The Court has finally issued the verdict following a lengthy court process. However, what does this mean for the future of Fortnite Mobile?

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Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit verdict

After over a year of legal battle and long wait times, the court has finally issued a verdict in the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit. The court has decided that “Epic Games overreached” and it sided with Apple on almost all accounts.

The court did not find Apple as an “antitrust monopolist in the submarket” for mobile gaming. The verdict states, “The Court finds in favor of Apple on all counts except with respect to violation of California’s Unfair Competition law and only partially with respect to its claim for Declaratory Relief.

However, the Court is forcing Apple to allow direct purchasing methods which is why Fortnite was banned in the first place. A court document reads, “Apple… are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata button, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing.

Due to the loss, Epic Games has to pay Apple 30% of $12+ million in damages. While Epic Games may have lost, mobile game developers won as a whole. Direct Purchasing will allow developers to make more money from microtransactions.

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Is Fortnite Mobile coming back to Apple App Store?

The official Fortnite Twitter announced that it has requested to have its developer account restored by Apple. However, Apple denied this request stating it would only reinstate the account “if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Tim Sweeney, CEO and Founder of Epic Games, doesn’t seem to want to comply. Twitter user imgoldenyt offered a solution that could allow Fortnite to return to iOS. Sweeney responded by saying “I read all of this. I just disagree.”

In a separate tweet, Sweeney claims that the ruling is not a win for developers or consumers. He goes on to state that “Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment.”

However, on September 22, 2021, Tim Sweeney sent an email to Apple stating that Epic Games would remove its direct payment method. The email once again requested Epic’s developer account to be reinstated.

This tweet from Tim Sweeney shows the email sent to apple from Epic Games.

However, apple once again denied Epic Games’ request. In response back, Apples states that it will “not consider any further requests for reinstatement until the district court’s judgment becomes final and non-appealable.”

In short, Fortnite will be blacklisted from the Apple Ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals. Sweeney believes this process could take up to 5 years.

So it seems that Fortnite won’t be returning to the Apple App Store anytime soon. Apple doesn’t have to reinstate Epic Games’ developer account even though Epic Games is willing to comply with the rules. Sadly, mobile player may have to wait years before Fortnite returns to the App Store.

For more Fortnite, check out when and how to watch the end-of-season event, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite

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Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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Epic Games vs. Apple court trial starts today, lasts three weeks

The court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today and will last for roughly three weeks before any decisions are made.

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The long-awaited court trial between Epic Games and Apple starts today, May 3, 2021, and will last roughly three weeks. Epic Games vs Apple could not only decide the fate of Fortnite on iOS devices, but also the future of the App Store.

On August 13, 2020, Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks across all platforms. However, mobile users would have to use a new payment option to receive this discount. This option would bypass Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases by allowing players to pay Epic Games directly.

Apple quickly removed Fortnite from the App Store stating that Epic Games had violated the App Creator’s Term of Service. Epic Games had anticipated its removal and simultaneously launched an in-game event calling for players to rally against Apple. Tournaments were held, merch was released, and the hashtag #FreeFortnite trended to raise awareness of the legal actions being taken against Apple.

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Epic Games vs. Apple trial starts

Epic Games filed a suit against Apple alleging that its App Store guidelines are anti-competitive in nature. As well, the suit would not be for monetary gain but to liberate app developers from Apple’s unfair cuts. Apple filed a counterclaim that Epic Games had breached its developer agreements when it implemented a direct payment method.

Now, almost nine months after the Epic Games vs Apple case was originally filed, the court trial is starting. According to legal documents found on the Northern District of California’s website, each party will have 45 hours to plead their case to the United States District Court. The trials will last for roughly three weeks before a verdict is drawn.

The trial starts at 11:15 a.m. EST today, May 3, 2021. Due to the popularity surrounding the case, public access to the court hearing is being offered via phone. Those interested can call 1 (877) 336-1839 and use access code 9403112 to listen to the lengthy trial.

The CEOs of both Apple and Epic Games will speak during the trial. Tim Cook of Apple will argue that Epic Games breached its contract while Tim Sweeney will fight for developer and publisher freedoms.

While the anticipation for the Epic Games vs Apple trial is at an all-time high, decisions won’t be made for the next few weeks. Fortnite Intel will continue to keep readers updated if any big news comes from the trial.

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