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Fortnite bug threatens players with “account ban” for spectating solos

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Fortnite players are noticing that the game is issuing account ban warnings for using a built-in feature pertaining to Solo games in the battle royale.

Epic Games have always been adamant about keeping cheaters and the like off of Fortnite’s servers. Even well-known streamers/pros like FaZe Jarvis have been permanently banned for flirting with methods that promote cheats in-game.

But the tables have turned for a lot of players, seeing as multiple players are reporting that they have been issued an account warning for spectating their friends throughout their Solo match games – even though it’s a readily accessible feature in Fortnite.

Account ban warnings bugged in Fortnite?

Reddit user ‘bench150kg’ posted a “behavior warning” they reportedly received from the Fortnite servers after opting into watching their friend play out a Solo game.

The ‘spectate game in progress’ feature is falsely warning/banning players. Help bring this to Epic’s attention. from r/FortNiteBR

The warning issues is as follows: “Due to your recent actions you have been warned for: Teaming. Please refrain from repeating offenses or you may receive an account ban.”

The bug targeted the user who says they have never “teamed” before, making it hard to figure out why they would be the ones to get this advisory.

“I have never teamed, my friends have never teamed, other people who are also reporting this to be happening to them have never teamed,” they said. “This is currently a major bug that occurs if you choose to spectate a friend who is playing a solo game in progress, which obviously makes no sense as this is the intention of this feature.”

For those unaware, “teaming” is the act of cooperating with another player inside a match without being a part of the same in-game party. This is a strict violation in a lot of online games since it presents a major unintended disadvantage for the rest of the players in a match.

Even though players aren’t teaming, spectating in Solos could falsely alert Fortnite’s system of a possible cheater. Credit: Epic Games

While some believe that the user got the warning by picking up a knocked enemy, others chimed in to say that they went through the same predicament as bench150kg.

“It’s not that, the exact same thing occurred to my friend and I,” user ‘iG8’ said. “We’d been playing all season and the day after we discovered that you could spectate each other playing solo we received a warning.”

At the time of writing, there has yet to be a confirmed ban in relation to the bug, so hopefully Epic patches out the advisory before it heavily affects someone’s Fortnite account.

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Fortnite FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1: dates, times, Twitch drops

Fortnite FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 is here! Here’s how you can watch the live broadcast and earn free FNCS cosmetic rewards.

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The Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 FNCS is here, and players can earn free cosmetic items just by watching.

Each season of Fortnite has a mix of content that helps keep a wide variety of players entertained. There are goofy weapons and vehicles for casual players and a change to the meta for competitive players.

As well, Fortnite allows competitive players to compete for cash prizes. This happens during the Fortnite Champion Series or FNCS for short.

FNCS is an open tournament that anyone can compete in. There are five different regions players compete in over the course of seven different events. Those who choose not to play can earn free cosmetics just by watching.

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 Dates and Times

The Chapter 3 Season 1 FNCS is split into three separate events in five different regions. These events are the FNCS Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and Finals.

The regions represented are Europe, North America East, North America West, Brazil, and Asia. Each region will have a separate broadcast time, and Brazil and Asia will be cast in Portuguese and Japanese.

The FNCS Qualifiers will take place on February 18th and 20th. The Semi-Finals will be from February 25th to 27th. And the FNCS Finals will be on March 5th and 6th.

RegionTimes
Europe1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT / 7:00pm CET
North America East4:50pm ET / 1:50pm PT
North America WestApprox. 9:15pm ET / 6:15pm PT
Brazil4:00pm BRT
Asia6:00pm JST

How to watch FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1

There are a few different ways you can tune in to the FNCS broadcast. The first is by watching the official FNCS Livestream at watch.fortnite.com.

You can also watch it on any of Fortnite’s official accounts on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and even TikTok.

Lastly, you can watch the FNCS inside of Fortnite via the new Legends Landing Creative island. You can gain access by using the Island Code (3303-7480-5925) or by finding the map in the Discovery tab.

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Earn FNCS Chapter 3 Season 1 Twitch Drops

With every new season of FNCS comes a new set of rewards for players to unlock. These rewards are given to viewers who tune in to FNCS on Twitch.

Players first need to link their Epic Games account to their Twitch account. This will allow them to start unlocking in-game rewards by watching streams with Drops Enabled.

As well, you can earn rewards while watching FNCS at Legends Landing. You will still need to link your Twitch and Epic accounts to do so.

Players will earn a new reward for tuning in each week. There are four rewards in total for players to unlock.

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How to get the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite

Fortnite has added a new Ariana Grande skin. Here is how you can get the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin and her style variant in Fortnite.

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Ariana Grande has returned to Fortnite! Here is how you can get the new Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite.

Nickelodeon child star turned international superstar, Ariana Grande has been immortalized in Fortnite. Along with a one-of-a-kind digital experience, Fortnite released the official Ariana Grande skin.

Other musical artists such as Travis Scott, Marshmello, and Major Lazer have also appeared in Fortnite. Epic Games also hosted concerts for Scott and Marshmello that rivaled Grande’s.

However, neither Scott nor Marshmello have had skins added to the game later. As for Ariana Grande, Fortnite is adding the new Spacefarer skin which depicts Grande as an intergalactic bounty hunter.

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Unlocking Spacefarer Ariana Grande in Fortnite

Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to unlock Spacefarer Ariana Grande in Fortnite without the use of V-Bucks. That’s right, players have to purchase the Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin from the Item Shop.

Spacefarer Ariana Grande, as well as the original Ariana Grande set, will be available on October 21 at 8 PM EST. It will likely cost 2,000 V-Bucks like the last Ariana Grande skin. However, we will update the price when it is officially released.

The Spacefarer Ariana Grande skin comes with a built-in emote that drastically changes the look of the skin. There’s also an alternate style that players can unlock via challenges.

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Unlock Spacefarer Ariana Grande’s Captain A. Grande style

The Spacefarer Ariane Grande skin has a secret bonus style that players have to unlock. In order to unlock the style, players will have to purchase the base skin and complete the Ariana Grande challenge punchcard.

The Ariana Grande NPC is located on the boardwalk at Believer Beach. Here are her punchcard challenges:

  • Collect a Record and place in a turntable x 2
  • Study the Caretaker’s Footprints x 2
  • Collect Symbols from eliminated Cube Monsters x 5
  • Reveal the Command Symbol x 1
  • Launch Signal Flares x 3

You will unlock the bonus style as soon as these challenges are completed.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock the Season 8 Cube Queen skin, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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The future of Fortnite Mobile on Apple devices won’t be decided for 2-3 months

The Epic Games vs Apple trial has ended, but Fortnite Mobile’s return and the trial verdict are still months away.

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Following the Epic Games vs Apple trial, the judge announced that a verdict won’t be issued for up to three months. This means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to Apple devices for at least two months.

Fortnite mobile was removed from the App Store on August 13, 2020, following a breach of contract with Apple. Epic Games announced a permanent discount on V-Bucks that mobile players could only have if they used a direct payment method. This undermined the 30% cut Apple takes from all in-app transactions which is against its Terms of Service.

Following Epic’s announcement, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and prohibited future updates. This was then met with a lawsuit from Epic Games claiming that Apple’s digital storefront policies are anti-competitive. The trial officially started on May 3, and has since concluded.

Fortnite Mobile’s return is months away

While the three-week trial officially concluded on May 21, we still don’t know who won the trial. At the end of the evidence portion of the trial, the judge announced she would issue a verdict before August 13. However, she also stated that she wouldn’t have a verdict before June 7.

Epic’s platform during the trial was that Apple’s 30% cut of all transactions promotes anti-competitive behavior. Epic Games made it clear before and during the trial that this suit was not for monetary gain, but was to fight for fair policies for all app developers. Towards the end of the trial, it seemed as if the judge was starting to sympathize with Epic’s position.

According to Twitter user imgoldenyt, the judge was intensely criticizing Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on the lack of competition on iOS devices. The judge at one point stated, “It doesn’t feel like you feel competition, and a reason to change the matter in which you act.”

Regardless of the judge’s assumed position, we still won’t know the result of the trial for a couple of months. This also means that Fortnite Mobile won’t return to the App Store within this time frame. Even if Fortnite isn’t declared the winner, Apple has extended an invitation to have Fortnite back on the App Store if it abides by store policies.

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