Epic kicked off another update day with outrage, this time it was turbo building which was reverted back to the 0.15 second mark on first build.
At first, people were outraged. And with good reason, building is a core mechanic of Fortnite and the highest skill capped area of the game. That means it is the aspect of Fortnite that most rewards practice and dedication to improvement.
There is a reason the biggest esports in the world are the biggest, they all have absurdly high skill caps. Fortnite’s building is what provided that skill cap and made it such an intriguing esport.
Removing the ability to place structures effectively immediately knocks the ability in a major way. This afternoon, Epic released a new blog post detailing why they decided to make this change. Here is what they said:
Why Change Turbo Build?
We did so as a first step addressing several problems:
- Rapid Turbo Building favors players with low ping in disproportionate ways.
- Taking walls (racing with another player to place a wall before them)
- Turtling (continually rebuilding a wall that is taking damage)
- Turtling disproportionately favors defender
- E.g. holding mouse button vs. squad shooting at 1×1
- Building piece placement accuracy
- Easy to accidentally place multiple pieces “at once”
- Spam building
- Easy to spam build
- We want building to be a bit more deliberate
Now let’s break this down. The ping issue is an important point, interactions in the game shouldn’t be decided by who is closer to the server. In competitive play, especially the WC qualifiers, this was a big issue.
Turtling is a notable way to protect yourself from opponents but Epic apparently doesn’t want the box to be effectively impenetrable. We can agree with this point as well, there should be a way to break through a box for the person on the outside.
The final point appears to be nerfs to building in general. Spam building isn’t really an issue unless the person is good at building, which then wouldn’t make it spam.
The blog post goes on to talk about what they didn’t want this to affect. With this change, they have made it difficult to crank solid 90s and waterfall down from high places. That was not intended according to the blog post and they will be looking at ways to improve that going forward.
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.
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.
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.
Epic Games explain wagering ban, key remapping, intentional disconnect & more
The Fortnite competitive team have clarified rules around wagering, disconnecting, and more ahead of the Season 6 FNCS.
Epic Games have made a clarification to their ruling on several key competitive Fortnite topics, including wagers, intentional disconnects, and much more.
The Fortnite Season 6 FNCS is right around the corner, and Epic have begun to outline what competitive players can expect.
Now, they’ve released a blog post that outlines some of the biggest issues in the space.
Intentionally disconnecting from a match has been an issue in competitive Fortnite for a while. Ever since the shakedown mechanic has been in the game, players have intentionally left to prevent opponents from gaining intel on their teammates.
“Intentionally disconnecting from a match in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage goes against the spirit of Fortnite competition,” the competitive team wrote in a blog post. “Accordingly, all players must be sure not to disconnect from the game while in a knocked down, ‘Down-But-Not-Out’ (DBNO) state.”
Key Remapping & Wagers
Epic also clarified their stance on key remapping, saying that it is entirely allowed to remap keys in Fortnite. This appears to include the use of ReWASD and similar third-party software, as they specifically mention that double-movement binds are allowed on keyboard and mouse. They only said that inputs like macros are bannable.
On the topic of wagering, Epic said that they don’t allow any wagering within their games. “Betting, wagering, or gambling on any Fortnite match or game may result in one or more of the disciplinary actions discussed above – including, but not limited to, official warnings or an account ban.”
The article also covered some longtime rules like competitive warnings, region locking, and restarting your tournament after you’ve begun. Nothing has changed on this front, but they still went into detail in their explanation.
Whether or not you agree with some of these rules, it’s good to see that Epic are clarifying their stance on wagering, key remapping, and more. Now, players will have no excuse for breaking the rules, as they’re outlined in black and white.
Qualifiers for the Fortnite Season 6 FNCS are set to begin this weekend. Good luck to everyone competing!
How to get Spotify Premium for free with Fortnite Crew
Epic have announced a new promotion for Fortnite Crew members that includes three free months of Spotify Premium.
Fortnite Crew members will son be able to get three months of Spotify Premium for free. Here’s how.
A few weeks ago, Epic issued a survey to Fortnite Crew members, asking them about some upgrades that they may bring to the service. Among them was a partnership with other subscription services – similar to what they did with the Disney+ deal in Season 4.
It looks like this bonus got some strong support from those who took the survey, as Epic have already announced a new partnership with Spotify.
Starting on April 22, Fortnite Crew members will be able to listen to music and podcasts ad-free on Spotify with Spotify Premium.
This promotion is set to run from April 22 to June 30, 2021. Anyone who subscribed to the Fortnite Crew pack through April 22 will gain access to the promotion.
This means that anyone who bought the Crew subscription on March 22 will be able to receive three months of Spotify Premium for free; even if they already canceled.
If you have already canceled your subscription, it could be worth picking back up again. The subscription costs $9.99 per month, so you’ll pay $11.99 for the Fortnite Crew benefits and three months of free Spotify.
We doubt that this will be the last promotion that Epic will host. We wouldn’t be surprised to see new subscription services like Peacock Premium, Paramount Plus, and others jump on the Fortnite bandwagon. Of course, if they do, we’ll be the first to let you know.
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