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Epic Games announces Twitchcon 2019 tournament & influencer Spotlight Series

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Fortnite will coming to Twitchcon 2019 with a Rivals tourney and Epic Games is looking promote influencers in a new ‘Spotlight Series.’

Epic Games, after the launch of Season X, has been laser focused on getting the next wave of competitive & promotional events set up. The Fortnite World Cup was a successful event, but wasn’t without its problems. Epic seeks to build upon their successes with new tournaments.

In a blog post, the studio released information about their intentions to run a streamer tourney at Twitchcon 2019 as well as the launch of the influencer Spotlight Series.

Fortnite Twitch Rivals coming to Twitchcon 2019

Twitchcon 2019 kicks off on September 27. With just over a month before the festival, Epic has revealed info about Fortnite’s appearances.

In a competitive blog post on the Fortnite website, the developers gave the first details of the next Twitch Rivals tournament. The competition will take place in-person at Twitchcon 2019 with dozens of your favorite streamers.

It’s a two round event with a Twitch Rivals Open for starters and then a Twitch Rivals Showdown final.

In a surprise twist, players who attend Twitchcon can stop by the Twitch Rivals booth to get a chance to play alongside the streamers. It’s an amazing opportunity to meet with influential players & get to know them while you compete.

While it’s not an esports event, it’s still going to be a fierce competition between friends that you won’t want to miss.

Fortnite Spotlight Series announced

Fortnite Spotlight Series

Within the same blog post, Epic also mentioned the arrival of the ‘Fortnite Spotlight Series.’ The series will feature “top content creators” from a specific region, starting with Oceania.

As with Twitch Rivals, this is an invitational event as opposed to a competitive esports competition.

Epic announced the prize pool for the competition to be $480,000 AUD (about $325,000 US dollars). The event’s purpose is to promote influencers in their own regions and give them a chance to shine.

The events will run for eight weeks before presumably switching to another region. The first Oceania event starts on August 26.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?”

A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Epic Games respond to reports of Fortnite account leaks

Epic Games have responded to reports of Fortnite account leaks. According to them, everyone’s Fortnite account should be safe.

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Fortnite pro Jonathan “Yung Calculator” Weber claimed that Fortnite account emails were being leaked to the public. Epic have responded, clearing the air.

Leaderboards are one of the most engaging elements of any competitive game. For top players, leaderboards allow them to see how they stack up against the competition – whether in a tournament or with a season-long competitive ranking.

In Fortnite, leaderboards are generally used for stat tracking and tournament placements. In the early hours of January 22, however, Fortnite pro Yung Calculator alleged that Epic Games were leaking sensitive information to the public.

In a Twitter video, the Fortnite pro alleged that leaderboards were leaking emails to the public, allowing bad actors to reset the passwords of popular players.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account,” Yung Calc said. “That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone,” he continued. “Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

Once this all came out, several people began pushing back. Data miner @FNBRUnreleased went so far as to say that something like this isn’t possible. “It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information.”

Epic Games respond to leaking allegations

This all led to an official statement from Epic Games. After investigating reports, they issued a tweet telling their followers that this isn’t the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

Yung Calc eventually deleted his tweet, saying that “I’m also deleting the original tweets since I say that Fortnite Tracker caused it, when apparently they didn’t.”

Pros were, reportedly, still getting logged out of their accounts at one point. On this front, Calc said, “I’m not a coder, don’t expect my knowledge to be 100% on that stuff. What I do know is that it def wasn’t Casper the ghost going around logging out pros.”

In the end, it’s good to know that our accounts aren’t getting leaked to the public. To Epic’s credit, they were quick to react to this news and put everyone’s minds at ease.

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Epic confirm incoming fix for pay-to-win Fortnite superhero skins

Epic Games have confirmed that they’re working to address community pay-to-win concerns regarding Fortnite superhero skins.

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Epic Games developers have responded to player requests regarding the all-black variant of the customizable superhero skins.

Fortnite is no stranger to pay-to-win controversies. The first came in the form of the Deep Dab emote, which allowed players to duck under windows and get free shots on their opponents.

After that were the Plastic Patroller and Toy Trooper skins. These skins blended in with the grassy background of the map, making them far more difficult to see than the brightly-colored alternatives.

Thankfully, Epic fixed both of these problems by adding a delay to emotes and dirt to the toy soldier skins. Now, though, they’re facing a similar controversy with the customizable superhero skins.

Reddit and Twitter users have recently noticed something that competitive Fortnite players knew since these skins first hit the Item Shop: the all-black versions are difficult to see.

The problem has only gotten worse, as recent Fortnite updates have made the nighttime even darker. Console players don’t have the option to turn off shadows, which means finding these corner-campers is nearly impossible for them.

Following the outcry on Reddit and social media, the developers responded to a thread, calling for them to fix the issue.

Epic Games staff member, u/gstaffEpic, told Redditors, “We’re looking at it. Thanks everyone for raising it.”

We assume that a fix for this problem is coming sooner rather than later. In the past, Epic have always been quick to address community concerns when it comes to pay-to-win items. They changed all of the other troublesome cosmetics throughout Fortnite, and we expect their handling of the superhero skins to be the same.

Unfortunately, it seems like the easiest fix would be to disable solid-colored superhero skins. We hope this doesn’t happen, but it would be better than all-black pay-to-win skins hiding in corners around the map.

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