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Epic Games raises over $1 billion in a new financing round

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Epic Games continues to grow following the incredible success of Fortnite: Battle Royale.

On October 26, TechCrunch reported that Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite: Battle Royale and Unreal engine, has raised $1.25 billion after recent financing rounds.

Vulcan Capital, KKR, Iconiq Capital, Smash Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners have all been named as investors in the recent round.

All the recent additions will become minority shareholders in Epic Games following corporations such as Disney, Tencent, and Endeavor.

While Epic Games – formerly known as Potomac Computer Systems and Epic MegaGames Inc – has been in business since 1991, the recent popularity of Fortnite has put the studio in the limelight.

Fortnite has become one of the most well-recognized games across the world with millions of unique users playing every month, and seemingly only continues to grow as time goes on.

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SOURCE: TechCrunch

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Grotto beef 2.0: Tfue, Scoped & Inno dismantle ZexRow, Mackwood & Calc

Tfue, Scoped, and Innocents establish their dominance at The Grotto, this time, against ZexRow, Mackwood, and Calc.

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You know what they say: the sequel is never as good as the original. Those who have been following the professional Fortnite scene will remember the last FNCS competition, where Tfue and Scoped battled Chap and Av for control of one of the most powerful POIs on the map: The Grotto.

This was a true rivalry, with Chap and Av taking some weeks and Tfue and Scoped taking others. Epic knew what the viewers wanted to see when it came time for Finals, putting them in the same heat with one another.

That rivalry ended with Chap and Av backing off, conceding The Grotto to Tfue and Scoped. There was a sizeable amount of trash talk, emoting, and salt, but it was good fun for everyone at the end of the day.

Now, the professional community is, largely, looking right past FNCS Solos toward the announcement of Trios in Season 4. Pros are scrimmaging in this mode on a nightly basis, and you can probably guess where Tfue, Scoped, and new teammate, Innocents, are landing.

The Grotto is widely known to contain some of the best loot on the map. Not only do you leave with Brutus’ Minigun – arguably the most powerful Mythic weapon in Fortnite – but you have a massive vault, a ton of ID Chests, Heavy Snipers, Miniguns, and more.

Some of the other pros in the community threw indirect shots at The Grotto Squad. Specifically, Zayt posted a tweet that seemed to be directed at Tfue and company. Tfue responded by sub-tweeting him back, “Contest us or stop b****in.”

To their credit, the team of ZexRow, Mackwood, and Yung Calc took Tfue up on the challenge. The Trio were unfamiliar with landing at The Grotto in a competitive environment – something that will become clear when you watch the clips of their first battle.

As ZexRow stated on Twitter, the team was “just trying out the most busted spot.” They wanted to see if they had what it took to contest Tfue, Inno, and Scoped. As it turns out, they did not.

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The new battle seemed to make Tfue miss the old rivalry with Chap. He even offered an extremely backhanded compliment to Chap, saying, “Chap might be f***in’ dogs*** but Grotto’s all IQ – it’s all knowledge. And he’s smart so he can actually contest us reasonably.”

Up to this point, you may have thought we were being hyperbolic with the title of this article. “Dismantles” might seem a bit harsh, but there’s no other word for it. The contesting team was so defeated that Mackwood and ZexRow dropped Yun Calc after this bout of pro scrims.

This doesn’t seem to be a joke, either. Calc also posted that he needs a new Trio. The three of them appear to be finished – at least for the time being.

We’ll have to see if any other pros decide to contest Tfue, Scoped, and Innocents. It’s great content when they do, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Let’s hope that the next contenders are ready for a fight.

Tfue and Scoped have been landing at The Grotto all season. It’s going to take some grinders who are willing to get familiar with the area. The only hope, in our eyes, seems to be the return of Chap or MrSavage at LAN – neither of which seems likely for the rest of Season 2.

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TSM gives ZexRow last chance following Ninja Battles outburst

Fortnite pro, ZexRow, receives a fine and a final warning from his organization, TSM.

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Ninja Battles Week 1 took place last Thursday, providing viewers with one of the better competitive Fortnite tournaments in recent memory – Flopper heal-offs aside. With Arena Trios now in the game, the Ninja Battles series looks to only get more competitive.

There were a couple of controversies that arose after the event – both of which were self-inflicted by the participants. The more glaring of the two involved TSM pro, Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro, who embarked on a cuss-filled rant following his team’s win.

ZexRow issued an official apology for the outburst, but not before he was banned from the tournament by Ninja, himself. As the days went on, it became clear that some fans were calling for his organization, TSM, to drop him. ZexRow even tweeted that he’d ask about leaving TSM over his statements.

On May 29, TSM’s CEO, Andy Dinh, released a blog post that addressed the ZexRow situation. “We are extremely disappointed in the comments made by Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro and take this matter very seriously,” Dinh wrote.

“Effective immediately, he has been fined one month’s salary. His behavior was absolutely inappropriate, and does not represent the values of TSM or our brand partners.”

The statement went on to say that TSM was providing ZexRow with professional counseling and training, “helping him to work on how he conducts himself – both publicly and privately.”

Dinh’s post concluded by saying that TSM has a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior and that the organization will “be forced to part ways if something like this should occur again in the future. We believe in Zex, and have faith that with serious personal reflection and focus, he can move forward from this.”

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This was, clearly, a learning experience for a young pro gamer. What he said may not have been the worst thing a gamer has said, but it showed a complete lack of professionalism and appreciation for the moment. Hopefully, he will take this opportunity to grow both professionally and personally.

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Opinion: Ninja Battles is what we thought professional Fortnite would be

Ninja Battles has shown us that there’s a massive opportunity in invitational Fortnite tournaments.

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When competitive Fortnite was first announced, fans imagined Team Liquid going up against TSM and FaZe. Tfue and Cloakzy were battling Chap and 72hrs for the win. TSM boasted Myth, Daequan, and Hamlinz – three of the best players in the world at the time.

Those were the old days of competitive Fortnite, and they are way behind us. There’s been a massive changing of the guard, partially due to the open qualifiers for major tournaments.

These qualifiers were fantastic for unknown Fortnite players who have since grown their brand. Would people like UnknownxArmy or even Bugha have been invited to the World Cup if it was an invitational? We’re not sure.

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From a viewership perspective, however, it can be difficult to keep track of the constant turnover in the competitive scene. The leaderboard might be filled with names you’ve never heard of in any given tournament. It’s a double-edged sword that leaves some longtime Fortnite viewers behind.

Now, we have Ninja Battles: an invitation-only tournament that also features some of the biggest names in the competitive scene. Sure, there were a few content creators thrown into the mix, but winning the tournament was no small feat. Many of the household names in competitive Fortnite took part in the event, and the prize pool was a large one for an online tournament.

Ninja Battles Week 1 was an unquestioned success. The best news coming out of the event is that we have five more weeks of competition. After one week, it’s already shown us the version of competitive Fortnite we expected to see, all along.

Of course, there was some controversy during the tournament. ZaxRow has been banned after his cuss-filled post-game interview, and Clix issued an apology after leaving early. On top of that, the lack of Arena Mode caused each game to end in a heal-off.

These pros have seen the error of their ways, however, and Ninja Battles will take place in Arena Mode going forward. Ninja stated that the tournament gave him “old competitive Fornite” vibes, and he was dead-on. This was what many of us wanted competitive Fortnite to be.

The participants, largely, loved their experience as well. Nearly every competitor praised the tournament on Twitter. There were no complaints, no in-game controversies, no accusations of teaming – nothing that’s been plaguing the mainstream competitive scene for over a year.

We have several more weeks of Ninja Battles to look forward to, but hopefully, it doesn’t end there. Ninja Battles has shown us that invitational tournaments might be the best format for Fortnite – at least from a viewership perspective.

The FNCS and all other Fortnite tournaments will have their place, but the true ceiling of competitive success may lie in private, invitational tournaments.

Let’s hope that organizers, teams, and companies take note of this success and support this version of the competitive scene going forward. If we get more of what we had last night, then competitive Fortnite has some massive potential.

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