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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 Season 3 Week 4 Challenge guide

A complete guide to your Fortnite Season 3 Week 4 Challenges.

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Week 4 of Season 3 is here, and with it comes a batch of new challenges to complete as we work our way through the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most regular players have passed the level 50 mark and are onto the second half of the Pass. Hopefully, we have some worthwhile Overtime Challenges this season.

Epic have been going easy on us over the past couple of weeks. People forget that Chapter 1 challenges often involved searching through specific POIs to find a needle in a haystack. We still wake up, sweating, thinking about the Fortbyte challenges.

This week, only one of the challenges requires a bit of searching, and we’ve already covered a guide for this one. You can take a look at all of the Pleasant Park Floating Rings locations here.

Now, let’s get into the weekly challenges. This week, we’ll be eliminating players at Holly Hedges, searching Chests at Salty, and damaging players at The Authority – among other things.

  • Search 7 Chests at Salty Springs
  • 3 Eliminations at Holly Hedges
  • Collect 4 Floating Rings at Pleasant Park
  • Complete a lap at Motorboat Mayhem
  • Land at Frenzy Farm and finish Top 25
  • Collect 200 Metal from Rickety Rig (0/200)
  • Dance on camera for 10s at Sweaty Sands
  • Search 7 Ammo Boxes at Steamy Stacks
  • Deal 500 damage to opponents at The Authority

The only confusing part of this challenge might be the “Dance on camera for 10s at Sweaty Sands” one. You can find the camera to the north of the POI. Look for a canopy hanging over an outdoor film set.

The rest of the challenges will only take a few matches to complete. You could even finish most of them without trying, as long as you land all across the map. We’ll be back next week with another challenge guide, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Fortnite Party Royale premiere ft. Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki & deadmau5

Epic have announced the premiere of their newest mode, Party Royale, featuring concerts by Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, and deadmau5.

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We first heard about Party Royale in the v12.50 patch. Epic quickly released the mode to all players as a trial-run, at first. Diplo and Major Lazer even hosted a show for the test event.

It was only a matter of time before Epic announced the premiere of the full mode. On May 6, they did just that. Party Royale will premier on May 8 ad 9 PM EST. The show will feature DJs Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5.

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We’re not sure when each show will start and how long the premiere will last. We’ll likely get some reruns of the shows we missed as well – similar to the multiple showtimes of the Astronomical concert.

These shows in Party Royale will likely be closer to the Marshmello concert than the Travis Scott event. The latter must have taken months of planning to pull off.

Epic announced the Party Royale release date on an Instagram ad, calling all players to tune in and try the new mode.

The introduction of Party Royale is incredibly exciting for the future of the game. Epic want Fortnite to transcend the Battle Royale genre. They want it to be a social hub for gamers, and Party Royale is the first massive step in that direction. We’re optimistic about what the future of this mode will bring.

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Epic announce $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational

On the heels of the Travis Scott Astronomical event, Epic announce the $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational tournament.

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On the heels of the Travis Scott Astronomical event, Epic announce the $2 million Fortnite Champion Series Invitational tournament.

Epic seized the spotlight, yet again, by announcing a new $2 million Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Invitational tournament following the massively-successful Astronomical event.

The tournament will begin on May 9 and last for three weeks. Epic will be inviting the top-200 players from each region and platform to compete, once again, for their share of $2 million.

  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 PC FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 2 Console/Mobile FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Chapter 2; Season 1 FNCS Finals
  • The top 100 players from Season X FNCS Finals
  • Up to 100 players invited directly by Epic

This is a solo tournament, so each member of the qualified duo teams will likely receive an invite. The 100 invited players will be interesting, as well. We may see people like Ninja, SypherPK, NickMercs, and other streamers who placed outside of the threshold participate in the tournament.

Epic is allowing other players to qualify for the event as well. Open qualifiers begin on May 2 for everyone in Champion League. The top 100 players from each region will earn a chance to compete against the best.

Schedule and scoring

The FNCS Invitational will have a new scoring system, according to Epic. This will be a high-scoring tournament, with placement and kill points substantially increased from other events.

Victory Royale: 33 Points
2nd: 26 Points
3rd: 22 Points
4th: 19 Points
5th: 17 Points
6th: 16 Points
7th: 15 Points
8th: 14 Points
9th: 13 Points 
10th: 12 Points
11th – 15th: 9 Points
16th – 20th: 7 Points
21st – 30th: 5 Points
31st – 40th: 3 Points
41st – 50th: 2 Points
51st – 75th: 1 Point

Each Elimination: 4 Points

It will be interesting to see whether or not this new scoring system will speed-up the game. You get a point with each placement in the top-ten, which is probably a good thing. Players won’t feel as ripped-off when they die outside of the placement thresholds, here.

You can take a look at the full schedule of the event, below.

FNCS Invitational: Open Qualifier – All Final Times Listed in Game

May 1: Open Qualifier Session 1 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 2 [Middle East]
May 2: Open Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 3: Open Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

FNCS Invitational – All Final Times Listed in Game

May 8: Week 1 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 9: Week 1 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 10: Week 1 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

May 15: Week 2 Session 1 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Session 2 [Middle East]
May 16: Week 2 Qualifier Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 17: Week 2 Qualifier Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

May 22: Revert Round [Middle East]
May 22: Revert Round [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 22: Grand Finals Session 1 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 2 [Middle East]
May 23: Grand Finals Session 1 [All Regions Except Middle East] 
May 24: Grand Finals Session 2 [All Regions Except Middle East]

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