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FaZe Jarvis reveals his Fortnite ‘return’ was an elaborate hoax

FaZe Jarvis tricked the internet into thinking he was playing Fortnite again. Here’s how he did it.

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It’s been about a year since Jarvis Khattri decided to make a Fortnite aimbot video, resulting in a permanent ban from Fortnite. Most Fortnite players remember the fallout from back then, whether or not you followed FaZe Jarvis.

The cries of #FreeJarvis can still be heard to this day. This ban was extremely unfortunate for the rising star at the time, although the YouTuber was able to leverage his video game success into a vlogging/IRL channel.

On September 11, 2020, however, Jarvis tweeted that he’d be streaming Fortnite for the first time since his ban. The announcement was picked up by dozens of news outlets as the Fortnite community eagerly awaited the stream.

You may have heard what happened after Jarvis went live. He played a few minutes of his first match with black bars covering his information before a fateful press of the ‘start’ button revealed his Epic username to the stream.

Shortly after Jarvis’ IGN leaked, Epic Games banned the account. As you can see from the clip, it seemed like Jarvis wanted to get banned. As it turns out, he did.

Nearly every video game publication and Fortnite-related YouTube channel picked up on this story. A couple of days later, though, on September 13, Jarvis revealed what a few fans had suspected: the whole thing was a hoax.

FaZe Jarvis uploaded a video entitled, “I Tricked the Internet Into Thinking I Played Fortnite.” In the video, he showed how he and his friends staged the Twitch stream and baited Epic Games into banning him … again.

Over 50,000 unique viewers tuned in to watch what happened. Even popular Fortnite streamers like Clix fell for the ruse, expressing fear that Epic Games could sue Jarvis. What no one knew was that a fellow streamer, SlaterKodish, was the one controlling the action.

Jarvis made sure to turn off his subscriptions and donations during the stream. He was tricking his viewers, of course, and didn’t want to earn money directly from them.

The troll was a successful one. Jarvis succeeded in tricking a large portion of the internet and Epic Games, themselves, into thinking that he was playing Fortnite on a fresh account. In the end, however, the joke might be on him and the FaZe house. They’re now IP banned – meaning no one in their house can play Fortnite right now.

The video sits at over 1.5 million views and is number-one on trending for Gaming at the time of writing. It’s a fair trade as long as no one in the house plays Fortnite. It’s unclear if Epic will take note of the hoax and reverse their ban on the FaZe house. The organization probably has pull with publishers like Epic, but we doubt they’re in a rush to unban a house that directly trolled them.

Will Jarvis ever return to Fortnite? Probably not. A permanent ban is a permanent ban. This was probably the best outcome that Jarvis and his crew could have hoped for. THe Free Jarvis movement is alive and well.

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Fortnite Winter Trials event & rewards leaked

Epic Games quickly added and removed a webpage that revealed a new Fortnite event: Winter Trials. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Epic Games released a new website, announcing the Fortnite Winter Trials. They have since removed the site, leading fans to believe it was leaked early.

Most of the time, when we’re discussing Fortnite leaks, we’re talking about data miners finding files in the game that relate to certain events, skins, etc. In rare cases, Epic let something slip a bit early. That’s what we have here.

On January 25, Epic released the Fortnite Winter Trials webpage, showcasing free rewards, an influencer tournament, community voting on events, and more.

The website was quickly removed after it was added, but data miner Hypex was able to record some of the contents before it went down.

The details of the event are still limited, but it appears as though players will be earning badges for logging in, voting for challenges, and playing Fortnite.

Over the course of the rest of the season, your playtime and badges will reward you with free cosmetics. Most of them are hidden, but we know about a spray, emoticon, and weapon wrap from the images on the website.

Fortnite Winter Trials rewards

We should see an official announcement of the event soon. Since Epic were the ones who jumped the gun, we expect to see them announce the event as soon as tomorrow – if not later tonight.

We’ll update this post when we learn more about the event, along with additional details on how to earn free cosmetics. Stay tuned.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Fortnite v15.21 update patch notes: Predator, Mythic Item, New Quests

Fortnite’s v15.21 update has shaken things up again, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

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Today’s Fortnite v15.21 update has shaken things up again in the battle royale game, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

The game has been subject to weekly updates for a long time now, meaning content is given a slight refresh some weeks, and on others things can change a bit more dramatically.

On January 20, after the latest patch was rolled out, it’s fair to say that not a lot of things have been tweaked.

In the absence of official patch notes, which have been vaulted since before Chapter 2 even began, we’ve rounded up the changes confirmed already by players and leaks.

Fortnite v15.21 patch notes

Predator

Fortnite Predator skin
Predator has arrived in Fortnite. Credit: Epic Games.

Predator is the latest crossover character to arrive in Fortnite, now available to fight at the Stealthy Stronghold location. The skin is also coming to the Fortnite Item Shop, along with some cosmetics – such as a pickaxe.

New Mythic Item: Predator Cloak Device

One of the biggest, and most exciting, elements of Predator’s arrival is the new Mythic Item it adds to the game. The Predator Cloak Device is now active in-game, and once it’s been found and activated, players can use it to turn invisible.

To get one, check out our complete guide here. It’s fairly easy to achieve.

New Quests

More Quests have been added to the Battle Pass for Season 5, following the v15.21 update.

The full list of these can be seen below, courtesy of HYPEX.

New Fortnite Quests. Credit: HYPEX.

Bug fixes and other changes

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, a number of things have changed – including general issues and things specifically impacting the BR mode.

General Top Issues

  • When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.
  • The Jumpshot Outfit is missing its facial hair.
  • The Banner menu may be unresponsive to controller inputs, causing players to have difficulty editing their Banner with a controller or the Banner not updating properly.
  • We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to experience a long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • The sound effect of certain actions, such as opening a Chest or hitting a Weak Point, may be delayed.

Battle Royale

  • In competitive playlists, players do not have access to their persistent stash of Bars. Instead, they are granted a set amount at the beginning of each match. This is intended. However, your end total of Bars in competitive playlists may appear in the Lobby in place of your persistent stash. This is a visual issue only.
  • The weekly Legendary Quest to ‘Get Headshots’ is not always visible after completing the first stage of the quest.
  • Players may receive damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
  • Players and Spectators may notice inconsistent camera behavior or stuttering after being near a Car they recently drove then exited.
  • Total Bars appearing as 0 in a match.
  • Assets appearing invisible in Performance Mode alpha.
  • Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
  • Sand Tunneling temporarily disabled.

As is the case every week with these unofficial patch notes, it’s an ever changing beast. If we find something that’s changed and not been included here in the Fortnite v15.21 patch notes, we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

Until then, jump in and see for yourself! Remember to thank the bus driver…

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