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Fortnite World Cup winner Bugha reacts to winning two Esports Awards

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Fortnite World Cup Champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf was able to add another couple of pieces of silverware to his ever-growing trophy cabinet at the Esports Awards.

While competitive Fortnite fans may have known Bugha prior to his success at the World Cup in the solos event, it was that win that helped propel him into the mainstream.

The 16-year-old appeared on late-night television shows to celebrate his victory, but he’s returned to playing Fortnite ever since the life-changing tournament.

There haven’t been any LAN events since the World Cup, but Bugha has been hard at work in the Fortnite Championship Series. Yet, he had to take a small break from the game to claim two awards celebrating his success.

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The popular Fortnite professional scooped up the Esports PC Player of the Year and PC Rookie of the Year at the prestigious Esports Awards on November 16, noting how “incredible” it was. 

Before thanking everyone for helping him reach his goal, the Sentinels player said: “This is an honor. Just to think, about a year ago I couldn’t even compete because of my age, to now receiving an award for it is incredible.” 

However, when he went back up to receive the second of his two awards on the night, it wasn’t as smooth sailing. 

After being wowed by his win, Bugha had to be reminded to pick the trophy up as he hilariously almost left it on the stage while walking away.

Seeing as many of his fans couldn’t be in the arena to celebrate with him there and then, the Fortnite star issued a thank you message once everything was said and done. 

“I just want to say thank you for all the support and for everyone who voted for me, I really appreciate it,” he said, with a smile plastered on his face. 

With nothing as major as the World Cup on the horizon, Bugha’s next aim will be grabbing success in the FNCS – but with such a stacked field, and it being a squad event rather than solo, he’ll need a little help from his friends.

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Epic announce Solos FNCS and Trios in Fortnite Season 3

The Fortnite FNCS formats for Season 3 will include Trios and Solos along with Trios Cash Cups.

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With the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational in the rearview mirror, competitive and casual Fortnite players, alike, look ahead to Season 3. Epic didn’t keep us wondering for long with an announcement of the competitive formats for the next Fortnite season.

On May 25, the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account announced that Season 3 will kick off with a solo FNCS. Cash Cups will be back as a Trios competition and Trios FNCS will be coming in Season 4. In the meantime, Arena will be available for Trios and Solos.

Most Fortnite players were happy to hear this announcement – even if they aren’t fans of the formats. Trios is widely liked but players tend to have a love/hate relationship with Solos. This can be the most frustrating format, after all.

The real highlight of this announcement was the announcement, itself. Pro Fortnite players have been asking for transparency and communication. Epic gave them what they were asking for, even if it didn’t come in the form of their favorite tournament format.

We’ll keep you posted with more information about the next FNCS season. Until then, competitive and casual Fortnite players are in the same boat: waiting to see how much Season 3 changes everything.

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Summit1g stunned by Unknown vs. Clix ‘griefing’ controversy

Summit1g got into it with the pro Fortnite community following his take on the Unknown vs Clix controversy.

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Competitive Fortnite is a whole lot different than a lot of other esports. Griefing, teaming, and drop-spot sharing seem to bee weekly issues within the professional Fortnite community. There’s an incredibly thin line between sharing a drop spot and teaming – something that was explored in-depth following the FaZe Dubs ban in the FNCS.

In Fortnite, most pro players agree that it’s a bad idea to fight off of spawn. As long as their loot path isn’t impeded, most Fortnite players won’t push an opponent who lands with them – unless they’re mad.

That’s what happened during day-one of the FNCS Invitational Grand Finals. Clix eliminated his friendly rival, UnknownxArmy; dancing on his body after the elimination. Unknown didn’t take too kindly to this and decided to grief Clix by pushing him in the latter’s drop spot, Pleasant Park.

Most of these pros know where their opponents land. They constantly play scrimmages with one another and even team-up on occasion. Unknown knew where Clix could be found and pushed him for revenge.

For those who don’t know, this is considered ‘griefing’ in the competitive Fortnite community. Pros look down on this practice and rarely do it to one another. Most of the time, you’ll find no-name players landing on massive streamers to get their name out there.

Unknown even apologized for his actions in a Twitlonger, the following day. The Fortnite professional community is relatively unanimous on this topic.

Summit1G is not a part of the competitive Fortnite community. He has a background in several other competitive games – most notable CS:GO. The streamer was stunned by the controversy that this caused and expressed his amazement on Twitter.

“So if I’m playing Fortnite in an event,” he wrote, “Someone kills me and dances on my body. I get heated and happen to know their preferred landing locations. I’m not allowed to go after him in next round?”

Several competitive Fortnite fans and players jumped onto this tweet, claiming that Summit didn’t know what he was talking about. More than anything, this seems to be a cultural issue.

Fortnite is an environment where griefing is highly disliked, which we tend to take for granted. We could have easily seen a community where griefing was commonplace if people didn’t care about placements as much – especially if there was less money on the line.

Summit continued to double-down on his argument. “Man. Competitive Fortnite is so damn weird,” he wrote. He even suggested that Epic remove the drop phase in competitive Fortnite, which would eliminate mid-tournament griefing.

This would probably be something worth considering if Epic were open to it. It would help cut-down on teaming accusations and griefing, as you wouldn’t be able to change your drop spot mid-tournament. Of course, that would prevent players from making adjustments if they’re losing early-game fights.

Summit eventually relented, saying that he always gives competitive Fortnite players their respect – even if he dislikes the game. He made some interesting points within this argument, though, and questioned whether or not the current competitive Fortnite mentality is the best one.

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FNCS Invitational winner Banned for cheating in Grand Finals

Japanese Fortnite FNCS winner, Sekosama, has been banned after accusations that he cheated during the tournament.

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The $2 million FNCS Invitational tournament wrapped up this weekend, bringing competitive Fortnite to a close in Season 2. Some of the biggest names in Fortnite were invited to compete, along with several open qualifiers who earned a spot in the event.

The Asia region saw Japanese player, Sekosama, take home first place – but not for long. Soon after his win, he received a 14-day competitive ban for “teaming.” Some clips surfaced that showed him colluding with another player for loot.

In the clips, you can see another player bringing loot and, seemingly, dropping it for Sekosama before being eliminated to the storm. He also, reportedly, fed Sekosama elimination points and was communicating with him in a Discord call.

Sekosama forfeited his winnings after the ban, as is expected. There were a few clips of this behavior that surfaced after the event, prompting Epic to take action.

Surprisingly, this ban was reportedly only 14-days long. This contradicts the recent president of 30 and 60-day bans that follow similar actions in the community.

Sekosama has maintained his innocents throughout the controversy, but has now been removed from the leaderboard. This bumps qjac up to first and Magu to second.

This is not the first time we’ve seen such a controversy in competitive Fortnite and it likely won’t be the last. We’ll see if more high-profile Fortnite pros receive bans in the next FNCS Season.

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