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UPDATE: Fortnite Patch v6.21 Update Release Time Announced

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UPDATE: The V6.21 update will be delayed until Thursday, November 1 after Epic Games found an issue with it.


Epic Games have announced the release time for Fortnite’s Patch v6.20, which is the first update coming to Fortnite Battle Royale since the launch of the Fortnitemares event.

Epic Games have just announced that Patch v6.21 will be releasing on Wednesday, October 24 2018 at 4am ET/8am GMT. The patch will include the recently announced Balloon item and more.

It’s expected that two weeks worth of new cosmetics will be added to the game through Patch v6.21, so stay tuned to FortniteINTEL for the latest leaks when the patch hits tomorrow after its downtime.

Downtime begins at 4AM EST / 8AM GMT and should last an hour – however this could end up being longer, or even shorter. In the past, patch notes were made available 5-10 minutes before the downtime began, so expect us to post the Patch v6.21 patch notes as fast as possible.

The headlining addition for the Patch v6.21 update is expected to be the Balloons – which were recently teased through Fortnite Battle Royale’s message of the day.

What are you hoping to see in the upcoming patch? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to stay tuned to FortniteINTEL for the latest and greatest Fortnite news, leaks, rumors, and much more content surrounding everything Fortnite.

Streamer

Ninja announces $480,000 ‘Ninja Battles’ Fortnite tournament series

Ninja has announced a $480,000 Fortnite tournament starting on May 28.

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Official Fortnite esports has wrapped-up for Season 2, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no way to compete. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, one of the most famous streamers on any platform, has announced that he’s hosting a Fortnite tournament called ‘Ninja Battles.’

The event kicks off tomorrow, May 28, and will run through July 2. Each week, Ninja will put up an $80,000 prize pool for a grand total of $480,000 across six weeks.

According to early reports, the tournament will be an invitational, which means Ninja will likely be inviting some popular streamers and pros to compete in the event. There will also probably be some form of open qualifiers for Ninja’s viewers.

Ninja will likely announce more details about the event on his stream today and tomorrow. You can learn more by watching him at Mixer.com/Ninja.

This tournament is the second event of its kind. Just this week, popular UK streamer, BenjyFishy, hosted the BenjyFishy Cash Cup for his viewers. Such events look to open the door to more streamers who will be able to host private Fortnite tournaments with the support of Epic Games.

We’ll update this post when more details about the event become clear. We’re sure to get some awesome storylines out of this as well. It will be exciting to watch this unfold and see if other top streamers follow suit.

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Editorial

Opinion: are rare and OG skins bad for Fortnite players?

The rerelease of the Recon Expert skin begs the question: is keeping skins exclusive to longtime players bad for the Fortnite community? We explore this topic.

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OG Fortnite skins: few have them and everyone wants them. Those who have the OG Ghoul Trooper, Skull Trooper, and Renegade Raider can flaunt their Fortnite experience in every lobby they enter.

Is this a good thing for players, though? Are exclusive, OG skins a positive for the Fortnite community, or are they a way for Epic Games to rake-in cash at the expense of their player base? Today, we’re exploring this divisive topic.

This discussion was triggered by the rerelease of the rare Recon Expert skin in the Fortnite Item Shop. It hasn’t been in the normal rotation since it was first released back in 2017. Until now, only the OG Fortnite players had access to this skin.

Take the ‘OG’ element of this skin out of the equation. Look at it objectively. Is it anything special? Is there any reason to purchase this skin other than the (now irrelevant) status symbol of owning it?

Some will say “yes, there is,” and to those people I say: by all means, buy the skin. The reality is, however, that this skin would receive a fraction of the purchases if it was released for the first time in 2020. People are buying it for the ‘OG’ factor, and that’s not a good thing for the Fortnite player base.

We’ve seen this play out several times in Fortnite. The Ghoul and Skull Trooper skins received similar attention when they were rereleased to the Item Shop. Subjectively, these are more interesting skins than the Recon Expert, but their purchases were fueled by the artificial status symbol that came with them – just the same.

Epic threw the true OGs a bone with the aforementioned Trooper skins, giving them exclusive variants that weren’t available to those who recently purchased the items. This doesn’t solve the problem, though. In fact, it creates a new one: account selling.

There will always be a market for video game accounts, whether players are buying alt accounts or ones with a plethora of skins that they missed. By adding ‘OG’ variants to skins, however, Epic are only fueling this black market economy. You can find an account with all of the OG skins on PlayerAuctions for nearly $10,000 USD.

Epic don’t allow players to buy and sell accounts – something that any longtime fans of Tfue will know. Tfue purchased an account with OG skins back in the early days of Fortnite. Epic responded by banning his purchased account and main account, which triggered the Tfault movement that many fans know all too well.

At the same time, Epic are indirectly fueling this economy by keeping certain skins exclusive to those who played during the early days. And we haven’t even mentioned the number of scammers that operate of sites like these.

To be clear, we’re not talking about exclusive Battle Pass cosmetics. These should be exclusive to each season – I’m not arguing that. The argument is that Epic are fueling the account-selling market and raking-in profits every time they rerelease an old skin – all at the expense of, largely, young Fortnite players.

The Renegade Raider is one of the last, true OG skins that hasn’t returned to the Item Shop. You’d be crazy to think that it wasn’t eventually coming back, even if they give the OGs an exclusive variant. It will be an incredibly lucrative Item Shop rotation when Renegade Raider does make her return.

There isn’t much that we can do about this practice, and it’s not the worst thing a video game company has done to make money. To their credit, Epic have handled microtransactions extremely well in Fortnite. This practice is calculated and a bit manipulative, however, and it deserves to be called out.

In the end, our message is this: buy the skins that you want to buy because you like how they look, not because you think they’ll be rare or offer you some sort of artificial status symbol. It can all go away in an instant, as OG Recon Expert owners now know, firsthand.

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Patch Notes

Epic reportedly adjust recoil on mouse and keyboard input in Fortnite

Epic have, reportedly, reduced recoil on mouse and keyboard to bring it closer to that of a controller.

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Anyone who regularly follows Fortnite news knows that aim assist is a constant topic of debate within the community. Mouse and keyboard players have been lobbying for an aim assist nerf for months and were excited when Epic announced they’d be addressing it in the v12.61 patch.

Well, v12.61 came and went with little changes to aim assist. In fact, one could argue that Epic buffed aim assist, as it now helps track players long-distance, where it didn’t before the patch.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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One thing did seem to even the playing field, however: recoil. Recoil has been a piece of the aim assist debate since it began. The recoil on mouse and keyboard has been higher than it was on a controller, which was a point of understandable frustration for those using the former input.

It appears as though this issue has been fixed in v12.61. Early reports have it that the recoil on KBM is the same as it is on a controller. You can see this in the clip from u/remarkableseif, below.

This is big news for KBM Fortnite players out there. They may not have received the aim assist nerf that they wanted, but this is meeting the halfway.

Epic is between a rock and a hard place with aim assist. The bulk of their player base likely uses a controller. A substantial nerf to the input would cause a massive uproar, even if the most vocal people in the community would be happy. Epic are continuing to adjust the system and will likely have some more changes in Fortnite Season 3.

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