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Fortnite pros calling out Epic Games for failing to pay them

Professional and competitive Fortnite players are calling out Epic for failing to pay them their earnings while some Content Creators are missing their SAC money.

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Update 6/25: Epic have responded directly to these claims. Full statement here.

Epic Games is, once again, under some fire from Fortnite pros who claim to have never received payment for Fortnite tournaments. What’s more, some content creators are even coming out and saying that they haven’t received their Support-A-Creator (SAC) earnings.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve covered Epic Games’ payment issues. Last June, Epic responded to a popular Reddit thread where competitive Fortnite players and pros complained about failing to receive their prize money – often several months or even a year old.

One year later and we seem to be right back where we started. Last week, we saw another Reddit thread blow up on the same topic, showing tweets from PWR Repulse and Liquid Cented, claiming that Epic owes them tens of thousands of dollars.

Since the thread got so much attention, Fortnite YouTuber, ThatDenverGuy, did a bit more digging on the topic and found several more professional and competitive Fortnite players who haven’t been paid. Many of these players claim to have gone through the proper channels – something that Epic mentioned when the first situation took place.

The biggest revelation in the video might be that Epic haven’t paid some of the Creator Code earnings that they owe. YouTubers Landon (3.26 million subscribers) and SkyDiverge (2.53 million subscribers) both reached out and told ThatDenver Guy that Epic owes them for their Creator Code earnings.

As ThatDenverGuy notes in his video, some of the SAC earnings were made through illegitimate means such as taking a popular player’s name and tricking their young viewers. It’s difficult to tell whether or not these SAC issues are related to the alleged “dishonest means” that TDG mentions.

The last time that a story like this blew up, Epic responded and was quick to pay-out some of the people who were owed money. They clarified their system and made it easier for some of the pros to receive back-pay for their winnings. Repulse has even deleted his original tweet and said, “ily @FNCompetitive” on June 23, suggesting that he finally received his payment.

We should mention that many of these issues are only claims on Twitter and don’t have proof attached to them. We don’t know if all of these players went through the proper steps to receive payment, outlined here. We do have some high-profile pros and content creators speaking out on the topic, however. We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days.

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How to enter vaults without a keycard in Fortnite Season 3

The Fortnite vault glitch has returned for Season 3; this time, with a different method.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 was the first season to introduce vaults. It was also the first season in which players found an exploit to get into the vaults without a keycard. This method was popularized by YouTuber OrangeGuy, who showed fans how use a boat and a few building materials to enter a vault without killing the boss.

This exploit existed for most of Season 2, but was patched when season 3 came out. Well, as you may expect, it didn’t take long for players to figure out another way to get into the vault without a card. Instead of a boat, this exploit requires a helicopter.

For preparation, you’ll need a Helicopter, Upgrade Bench, and a teammate. Here are the steps you’ll need to complete in order to get into the vault without a card:

Step 1: Destroy the tile covering the vault you want to enter
Step 2: Land the helicopter on the broken floor
Step 3: Switch seats and begin to build
Step 4: Have a teammate throw the Upgrade Bench underneath the helicopter

If you complete these steps correctly, you should be pushed under the map and into the vault. Here’s a tutorial from Glitch King that will show you the step-by-step walkthrough.

Getting out of the vault is now your problem. This glitch is meant to surprise and eliminate an enemy, but you could always send your teammate to kill the boss and let you out if no one comes by. This isn’t the most broken method in the world, as you’ll be trapped if you don’t open the vault the normal way. Still, it can make for a funny clip or two.

This method takes a bit more setup than last season’s, but we may still see a streamer or two surprised by someone hiding in a closed vault. Only time will tell.

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Bugha becomes the first esports pro to sign with Gary V’s VaynerGaming

Fortnite World Cup solo champion, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, has signed with Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency, VaynerSports.

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Fortnite pro, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, became a household name overnight when he took home the first Fortnite World Cup Solos competition in 2019. The relatively unknown pro catapulted to the top of the Twitch charts when he returned home for the event, $3 million richer.

Now, Bugha can add another first to his resume – the first gamer signed to Gary Vaynerchuk’s new esports agency, VaynerGaming. The announcement came on July 14, the same day that the entrepreneur announced his company’s entrance into the gaming space.

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In a press release that announced the new venture, Vaynerchuk stated, “I have been quietly paying attention to the gaming industry for over a decade, building relationships and following the trends. One of the most exciting things about it, for me, is the gamers themselves. And when I look at the culture, the interest in the sector from other athletes, artists, celebrities — it is enormous. This is a very significant expansion for VaynerSports.”

Bugha will be the first of many gamers to be represented by VaynerGaming as it expands into this new territory. We can expect some other high-profile signings from Fortnite and other top video games. It’s exciting to see gaming break through to the mainstream in this way, and could mean big things for the future of the Fortnite community.

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Epic disable the elusive Golden Mushroom in Fortnite

The Golden Mushroom has reportedly been disabled in all Fortnite modes.

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Almost all Fortnite players know about the Mythic Goldfish in Fortnite Chapter 2 – the rarest item that Epic have ever added to the game. It’s so rare that fans wondered if it even existed for a while. Since its release, there’s still only been a handful of recorded sightings of the Mythic Goldfish.

In Season 3, Epic added another rare item to the game: The Golden Mushroom. According to data miners, this mushroom has the same chance to spawn as the Mythic Goldfish, making it one of the rarest items in all of Fortnite. To this day, we’ve only seen one clip of the Golden Mushroom outside of Creative Mode.

When the mushroom first came out, SypherPK put a county on its head. He offered his fans cash if they could find the mushroom in-game, and a bonus if they found it in a joinable Battle Lab match. Here’s the only known clip of the Golden Mushroom in Fortnite.

When Sypher picked it up and put it in his inventory, the Golden Mushroom turned into a regular old mushroom that only healed for five shield. This bug is likely why the item was disabled on July 13, according to data miner reports.

One of the rarest items in Fortnite should offer a reward for finding it. It seemed like this one had an issue that led to it becoming a disappointment. On July 13, Hypex tweeted that Epic pushed a hotfix to disable the Golden Mushroom.

At the time of writing, there’s still no mention of the Golden Mushroom on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board. The hunt appears to be stalled – at least, for the time being. We’ll let you know when the Mushroom comes back to Fortnite but, for now, you can stop searching for it.

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