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Fortnite players call for a boycott of Item Shop XP Boosts

Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP, telling others to speak with their wallets.

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XP thresholds in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 are the subject of some sharp criticism from the community. Those who want to receive all of their gold variants for Season 2 need to reach level 350, which is nearly impossible without grinding all of the challenges, including the tedious Location Domination challenges. Even then, it’s a stretch.

Yesterday, we covered the story of TALOCAN; a player who managed to reach level 520 in Fortnite. He reportedly plays Team Rumble, opens chests, quits, and repeats – exactly how Fortnite is meant to be played.

While this is an interesting story, it highlights the problem with XP in Fortnite. Most people want to play the game without focusing on menial tasks. At the same time, Battle Pass owners feel as though they should have a reasonable opportunity to earn all of the rewards without paying extra money.

When you combine this feeling with the lack of Overtime Challenges, players are getting a bit frustrated with the current state of Fortnite Season 2 cosmetics.

Epic promised us less of a grind this season, which proved to be false. Sure, it’s not as much grind to reach level 100 as it was in past seasons, but it’s far more difficult to unlock all of the cosmetics.

This is why some players were angry to learn that Epic would reportedly be selling XP boosts in the Item Shop towards the end of the season. They’ve done this before in the form of Battle Pass tiers, but it feels dirtier this time around.

In past seasons, hitting level 100 was always reasonable. Buying the last few tiers didn’t feel as bad when you had a legitimate chance of unlocking all of the cosmetics without opening your wallet. You either wanted the cosmetics ASAP or were slacking-off on the challenges.

Now, though, when the most dedicated Fortnite players haven’t reached level 350, selling XP boosts feels a bit manipulative. They set a goal that’s nearly impossible to hit for most people, then reportedly plan to sell additional support to help you reach that goal. Love or hate past Fortnite Battle Passes, they’ve never included something like this.

For that reason, some Fortnite players are calling for a boycott of Item Shop XP in Season 2. “I think it’s important that we speak with our wallets and let Epic know ‘Hey this isn’t ok,'” u/C_G15 wrote on the r/FortniteBR subreddit. “We shouldn’t need to spend more money on the Battle Pass then we already have, to unlock everything. Let’s not make impossible enlightening skins the norm.”

At the time of writing, this post has over 2,200 upvotes. One commenter, u/RebbitFrog, expanded on the argument in the comments. “At the risk of getting all Jim Sterling here – it would be a company selling a way to skip the grind, when they have full control over how much grind is needed. Selling the solution to a problem they created.

“And yes, buying XP/levels/boosts encourages them to keep doing it in the future. So even if you consider it fine, that you have the disposable income right now, you still shouldn’t do this. Because next time they’ll push a little more, then a little more later on and by the time you reach a point where you don’t want to spend more, it will be too late.”

These players are taking a stand against something that they see as the first step in a bad direction. Epic made it difficult to attain the 8-Ball variant last season, but it was a reasonable task with the length of that season. This time around, players are standing up.

It’s a fair point that these players are making – especially when you consider the fact that most of them already have a plethora of skins in their lockers. There’s no need to spend extra money on a skin that will probably get little usage once Season 3 hits.

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This spray concept would be one of the most-used emotes if added

This Fortnite spray concept is as simple as it is brilliant.

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Sprays are one of the most forgotten cosmetic items in all of Fortnite. At least Banners have their own skins and emoticons allow you to use them after death. Sprays, on the other hand, tend to sit in everyone’s locker, unused.

There are a couple of sprays that get some attention, but Reddit user u/JewishGuyOnReddit had an idea that could beat all of them – and some of the most popular emotes that are already in Fortnite.

The idea is as simple as it is brilliant. Here’s what it is: “_____ was here.” That’s it. Imagine how awesome that would be. You could spraypaint your Gamertag or IGN all over the island.

This would be up there with some of the classic emotes as an instant purchase and a staple of the front wheel. You could even incorporate the dead body outline to show that you eliminated a player and tagged their spot.

Epic have incorporated a ton of fan-made cosmetic items, and we’d like to submit this one for their review. Let’s bring sprays back with this one!

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Ninja goes off on ‘boring’ Fortnite Chapter 2: ready for a new Season

Ninja calls the recent Fortnite seasons “boring” but remains hopeful for Season 3.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is second only to Chapter 2 Season 1 as the longest season in Fortnite history. This season, like the previous one, has also offered little in the way of new content to players who hop on the Battle Bus every day.

During a recent stream, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins unleashed his fury upon the recent state of Fortnite. He echoed the complaints of many longtime Fortnite players. His perspective might be a bit amplified by the number of hours he’s put into the game in the past year, but it’s relatable to many in the community.

“I don’t want to play Fortnite right now,” Ninja told his chat. “It’s boring, there’s nothing new/ I’m having a little bit of fun, sometimes, but we’ve been playing the same map … the only new places that they’ve added are places with Henchmen that beam you, and laser you, and s**t on your walls.”

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In a moment of self-reflection, Ninja admitted that he’s starting to “sound like Turner (Tfue).” He acknowledged that he’s having more fun with Fortnite than other times in the past, but misses the variety that old Fortnite seasons brought us.

“It blows my mind that we were forced to play the very first Season 1 for, like, 120 days,” Ninja continued before looking at the chart that showed the length of each season. “Double the length of seasons with half the content. Two seasons have almost taken up a year!”

Ninja is giving a voice to a large portion of the community who are eager for Season 3 to come out. Rumors are swirling about an additional delay to the next season due to the protests in the United States. Epic and Loserfruit just announced a delay to her Icon Series skin for that reason.

We have yet to hear any official news about a Season 3 delay, just yet. Of course, we’ll keep you covered if that changes.

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Epic Games & Loserfruit postpone her Fortnite Icon Series skin

Streamer, Loserfruit, has announced that she and Epic have decided to postpone the release of her Icon Series Fortnite skin.

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The entire world is reeling in the wake of the protests and demonstrations surrounding the murder of George Floyd. There are, certainly, more important things going on than Fortnite, but that’s what we’re here to talk about.

Many fans are speculating that Epic will add a further delay to Season 3, following the announced delays of the PS5 new Call of Duty Season. Epic have yet to speak out on this topic, so we should expect the event to take place on June 6 until we hear otherwise.

One thing that has been delayed is the newest addition to the Fortnite Icon Series. Leaks pointed to a Loserfruit skin hitting the Item Shop this week. The streamer even posted a cryptic message on her Instagram story, signaling that the skin would be released on June 3.

Loserfruit logged onto her stream on June 3 and to update her fans and explain why her Icon Series skin wouldn’t be in the shop. “Me and Epic decided it wasn’t the right time to release the skin, this week,” she said.

“I think you guys know from leaks,” the streamer chuckled, “that it was meant to come out on the third. So we decided to wait.”

The delay is an understandable one for several reasons. Getting your own skin in a video game is a big deal, and Loserfruit would undoubtedly feel guilty for celebrating her accomplishments in a time like this. As we said, there are far more important things happening than anything related to Fortnite.

We can expect to see the skin hit the Item Shop within the next couple of weeks. We still have no news on whether or not Season 3 will be released as planned. We’ll keep you updated on all of these topics as more information comes out.

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