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Fortnite update v10.20 release time announced – what to expect

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It’s almost Patch Notes time, the best time of the week in Fortnite and the v10.20 update promises to be a good one.

The next major Fortnite update is coming at 4 AM ET (0800 UTC) on August 27th. This patch will bring downtime which marks a sizable update to the game.

We know at least one brand new shield being added to Fortnite with the announcement of the Shield Bubble coming in this update.

Will the BRUTE be nerfed again in the v10.20 update?

Probably not. With recent nerfs to the BRUTE being enacted during the middle of the week, it is unlikely we will see any other changes to the mech during this update.

Despite the communities mass protest of the vehicle, the BRUTE appears to be here to stay for a while. Even the nerfs which were patched in over the weekend were mass downvoted on /r/FortniteBR showing that the community wasn’t going to be satiated by small changes after weeks of protest.

The FortniteBR community is this close to showing up outside of Epic HQ

As a result, it is unlikely Epic chooses to make any major changes to the BRUTE again as the only result the community seems to be searching for is an outright vault. Adding a new shield is a good choice from Epic as this new portable shield feels like a solid counter to the BRUTE, if there were more of those to begin with this may have not gotten so out of hand.

It is likely some other weapons or items will make their way to the vault, Epic doesn’t like to crowd the loot pool too much and this seems like a good update to clear out some lesser used weapons or items.

What do you think changes with the patch notes tomorrow?

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Waffles unbanned from Fortnite under threat of legal action

Epic Games unbanned pro player, Waffles, after the CarterPulse agency stepped in.

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Earlier this week, we covered the story of Fortnite pro player, Waffles, who had been banned from Fortnite after encountering a bug in the FNCS. Waffles killed a player who had used the infinite item glitch to receive an unlimited number of Crash Pads.

After the elimination, Waffles noticed massive stack of Crash Pads on the ground. As anyone would, he began to pick them up to investigate. To his dismay, he was unable to drop them and had to finish the game with no weapons or healing items – only an inventory full of Crash Pads.

Despite everything working against him, Waffles managed to finish third in the game. When he went back to the lobby, however, he saw that he was disqualified from the tournament and banned from competitive Fortnite for 30 days.

Despite all of the evidence showing that Waffles didn’t do this on purpose, Epic support told him that they were upholding his ban. That’s where the CarterPulse agency came in. They responded to one of Waffles’ tweets, telling him to reach out to them.

After that, they went to work contacting Epic Games and outlining the fact that Waffles never intentionally broke any of the rules – a condition for a fair ban. What’s more, the Fortnite competitive rules state that any player must play-out a game in which they encounter a bug, giving Waffles no choice in the situation.

A little over a day after CarterPulse got involved, Epic appeared to reverse their decision to ban Waffles. The pro tweeted, “I AM UNBANNED! THANK YOU @CarterPulse.”

According to other tweets by the agency, they stepped into the situation free of charge. “Anything for the community.” they wrote on Twitter.

CarterPulse also clarified that this was a small mistake within a great company. “Just would like everyone to realize that Epic is a great company who makes mistakes like all of us. Happy to have helped @WafflesFN in getting unbanned!” they wrote.

The unbanning comes just in time for the second week of FNCS qualifiers. Waffles will be able to compete in the next qualifying event and, with any luck, will move onto the grand finals.

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Fortnite pro banned for encountering a bug in FNCS

Fortnite pro, Waffles, has been banned from Fortnite after encountering an exploit triggered by another player.

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Earlier today, we covered a bug that led to Epic disabling the Motorboat in all Fortnite modes. This bug allowed players to create an infinite number of items in their inventory by following a few simple steps.

YouTuber, OrangeGuy, offered a tutorial on the issue, but it was already known by a large chunk of the competitive community. Players were using it to obtain an unlimited number of Floppers, ensuring that they’d out-heal any player who wasn’t using the bug.

The problem is that you could complete this exploit by accident. What’s more, you could eliminate someone who used the exploit and gain yourself an unlimited number of items. This is what happened to Fortnite pro player, Waffles, during the Season 3 FNCS.

Waffles eliminated a player during one of his matches. When he looked at the ground, he saw a stack of Crash Pads with 100,000 in them. As anyone would do, Waffles started picking them up and investigating – laughing with his friends.

Things took a turn when the Crash Pads took over Waffle’s inventory. He couldn’t drop them and, therefore, wasn’t able to carry any guns. Astoundingly, Waffles came in third place with an inventory full of only Crash Pads. It wasn’t ideal, but he had to use what was available to him.

When Waffles went back to the lobby, however, he found that he had been disqualified from the FNCS competition. A few moments later, Waffles saw that he was banned from Fortnite for nearly 30 days.

This is especially significant because new competitive Fortnite rules state that players who are banned from an FNCS won’t be able to compete in the next season’s tournament. This means that – if everything stands – Waffles won’t be able to play in Trios next season.

Waffles was the player on the other side of the FaZe Dubs situation from last season. This would be his second FNCS ban under questionable circumstances.

Since the ban, Waffles has been posting some of his correspondents with Epic support to his Twitter page. So far, they’ve told him that the ban stands. Waffles even posted an image of him attempting to raise the issue to a manager. He then went from talking with Delta Mike to talking with Echo Mike.

We reached out to Waffles to see if anything else has transpired, and he said that he’s shared everything, so far. He gave his side of what happened, saying, “I killed a guy that had the glitch. I am assuming that guy did the glitch on purpose but I don’t exactly know. All I know is that I picked them up on his body not knowing that I wouldn’t be able to drop them or pick up any guns.”‘

While we were talking, Waffles received an email that confirmed his ban. “I had our Competitive and Anti-Cheat teams manually review the ban and we will not lift your competitive ban,” the email read. We clarified that this ban was only for the exploit, to which he responded, “Yes. Never in my life have I ever downloaded or even tried cheats for Fortnite of any sort.”

This sounds true to us. After all, if Waffles was found to have been using hacks, his account would be banned for longer than 30 days.

We’re hoping that the attention to this situation will push Epic to look deeper into their ruling. Some of the biggest pros in the community have come to Waffle’s defense. The Fortnite Guy’s video on the topic is nearing 300,000 views at the time of writing.

If everything in this situation is as it seems, you can’t help but feel bad for Waffles. He was put in a terrible in-game situation due to someone else’s exploit. Despite not having any weapons, he managed to finish third in the game. Now, he’s banned, disqualified, and unable to play the Season 3 and 4 FNCS – all for a bug that was triggered by another player and actually put him at a disadvantage in-game. We’ll update you with any developments in this story.

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What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite?

The implications of a massive investment on the biggest game in the world, Fortnite.

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On July 9, it was announced that Sony invested $250 million in Fortnite developer, Epic Games, making them a minority investor in the company. This brings Epic’s total investment capital to $1.58 billion.

Epic has been a major player in video games for a long time but made their biggest mark on the space with Fortnite, the game that we all came here to talk about.

Although Fortnite is Epic’s biggest product, at the moment, the company has their hands in several different titles and sources of income The Epic Games store, for instance, is looking to rival Steam by purchasing some massive games as exclusive content.

According to multiple reports, Sony’s investment in Epic will not affect the release of future titles. It’s not like Epic are going to make Fortnite a PlayStation exclusive. It might work in reverse, however. There’s a chance that Sony could bring some of their PlayStation exclusives to the Epic Games store on PC.

What does this mean for Fortnite? Well, in the words of Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, “Fortnite will never die.” This is a tad hyperbolic, but it’s clear that the gaming industry, as a whole, is ready for Fortnite to stick around for another ten years, or so. It wouldn’t be the first game to have a massive lifespan.

Apart from some additional money to work with, the biggest thing this means for Fortnite is probably in the cosmetic department. Now that Sony is a major investor in Epic, we can expect the developer to scratch their back with some exclusive skins.

Don’t worry, though. PlayStation players probably won’t get any priority when it comes to using new features or anything like that. What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite? Ten more years of our favorite battle royale.

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