After Bugha’s $3 million dollar Solos victory, Fox News ran a segment covering Fortnite and laughably tried to dismiss the young man’s victory.
The Fortnite World Cup Finals ended with a bang when Bugha crushed the competition with a six game show of force. No one could touch him as he pushed his way to victory, but there are some that are seeking to dismiss his skills & Fortnite all together.
Fox News decided to run a ridiculous graphic during a segment covering the pro’s victory. They might have a slight bias against esports and gaming…maybe.
Fox News’ ‘way to cheat’ Fortnite esports graphic
Sentinels’ Bugha won the World Cup Solos Finals and has gone on to appear on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his success. As a victor of the biggest tourney in esports history, Bugha has an important role to play in displaying esports to the world. So far, we’d say he’s doing a great job of it and enjoying himself the whole time.
However, Fox News doesn’t seem to see it that way. The network decided to run a laughable ‘way to cheat’ graphic while they talked about Bugha’s win. As you’ll see, the image’s text is obviously meant to demean and dismiss Fortnite and esports as a legitimate business or job. @SypherPK tweeted the image along with a funny comment.
Why do I bother making educational videos when the news leaks these high level strategies to get wins without doing anything. 😡😓 pic.twitter.com/A7gxMS6ybI— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) July 30, 2019
Valid criticism should always be accepted & examined, but this graphic is far from valid. Keep in mind that the network’s average viewer age is well into the sixties. While gamers can quickly set such rhetoric aside, these older non-gaming viewers might buy these falsehoods without much afterthought.
Yes, Fortnite is free-to-play, but add-ons aren’t exactly the right term for Fortnite’s cosmetic purchases. Many games have included $15 to $20 ‘add-ons’ like map packs for over a decade, but cosmetics are truly 100% optional. However, the graphic gets much worse with the second bullet point.
Unbelievably, Fox decided to display a completely false ‘way to cheat’ point along with the victory coverage.
According to them, hiding in a bush in Fortnite & doing nothing is considered a cheater’s way to win. While we understand that this annoying tactic is sometimes employed in public matches, it could never ever work in a professional setting. Here’s a look at one of the end-games from the tourney via the Sentinels account:
In fact, the segment connects the “cheating” with Bugha’s victory coverage as if the Sentinels player used this strategy to win himself. This, of course, isn’t true in the slightest as competitive end-games require insanely fast building, accurate shooting, situational awareness and more.
These misleading statements aren’t going to have any major effect on esports, but the lack of research is infuriating to fans of the game. A single viewing of the final match of the World Cup Finals proves how insane that graphic truly is. How would a player hide in a bush the entire game with the Storm Surge mechanic that punishes players for not dealing enough damage? Simply reading the rules of the FWC debunks the image!
Technically, Fox News didn’t lie with the infomation in the graphic. At some point in Fortnite’s history, a few players have won by hiding in a bush and doing nothing. However, implying that the world champion did so is disingenuous at the very least.
Fortnite Item Shop leak reveals Aquaman Villain
New leaks hint at Aquaman villain Black Manta coming to Fortnite’s Item Shop in Season 3.
Epic Games has introduced many new changes following the release of Fortnite’s long-awaited Season 3, with new weapons, a flooded map and even Aquaman being added as a character in the popular battle royale.
However, it seems as if there are even more characters from the DC universe on the way, after new leaked game files were found. According to Hypex, Aquaman’s Villain Black Manta will also be added to Fortnite in Season 3.
Unlike Aquaman’s skin, which will be available through the battle pass challenges, Hypex revealed that Black Manta’s skin and the ‘Black Manta Blades’ pickaxe will be added to the Item Shop.
The DC Villain is expected to arrive in Fortnite’s Item Shop on Thursday, June 16 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET / 4 PM BST/ 5 PM CEST.
While an early look at the new skin and blades has not yet been revealed, it will likely look quite similar to how the character was portrayed in the Aquaman movie.
With the upcoming release of this new character and rumors swirling about a potential Atlantis point-of-interest being added in Season 3, it is possible that Black Manta could play a role in some of the upcoming changes leading into the next season.
The Atlantis location is expected to arrive once the water level has decreased enough, and the final stage of the map has already been revealed by leakers.
Fortnite v13.20 Update patch notes
It’s a new week, and that means that there’s a fresh update for us all to enjoy, as the Fortnite v12.30 patch goes live on all platforms on Tuesday, June 30, introducing a new weapon and a major change to an existing item.
Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 has been live for a few weeks, and while the first major update of the season made sweeping changes to the game, Epic haven’t sat on their hands, dropping the 13.10 update to add Firefly Jars, and a second patch on June 30.
The Flare Gun and Portable Upgrade Benches are the major inclusions in this week’s patch, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the new items.
Epic love to include new weapons for us to try out, and the v13.20 Update is no exception, with the Flare Gun finally making it’s long-awaited debut in the game.
The weapon, which holds six cartridges and deals 60 damage on a direct hit, was first spotted in the game’s files all the way back in Chapter 1, but for one reason or another never made it to the full game. Finally, though, it’s arrived, and with its ability to start fires, it is the perfect way to burn through enemy structures and send them back to the pre-game lobby.
Portable Upgrade Bench
The other major change is the to the Upgrade Bench, which can now be broken and carried around to be used whenever you need it.
Simply hit it with your harvesting tool and it will transform into floor loot, which you can pick up and place in your inventory.
Of course, no Fortnite update is complete without some bug fixes, and we have a full list of glitches addressed by Epic thanks to their official Trello board.
- ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
- Missing styles for the Specialist Pickaxe and Arroyo Pack Back Bling.
- Rage Emote fire effect remaining on/near players.
- Sandstorm Outfit missing hair.
- Party Assist Update
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
- XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match.
- Fall damage from Ziplines while landing in shallow water.
- Epic & Legendary SMGs sometimes cannot be sidegraded.
- Damaging Marauders counting towards storm surge.
- Chug Splash does not heal when thrown inside of a bush.
- Supply Drops may sometimes push loot under the map.
- Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.
Loserfruit Fortnite skin bundle: Leak and release date
The next cosmetic item in Fortnite’s Icon series, this time for streamer Loserfruit, has been leaked, with the release date all but confirmed for June 21.
Following on from Ninja’s skin release earlier in the year, Loserfruit, one of the most popular Australian streamers, has been waiting on her skin coming to the game for months now.
Its initial launch was pushed back due to ongoing protests around the world, but it looks like it’s finally getting a proper release.
On June 21, a handful of leakers got their hands on the encrypted files for the skin, and accessed them, showcasing a full, high-quality look at the skin we’ll soon be able to rock in-game.
Featuring a replica of Loserfruit’s hoody with rainbow-colored arms, the arm portions light up spectacularly, and there is also a backpack that mirrors her own real-life version.
Loserfruit skin release date and price
The bundle includes a fruity pickaxe too, as well as the Bounce Berry emote.
The skin will be available at 8pm ET. It will cost 1,500 V-Bucks for just the skin, or 2,000 for the whole bundle.
Loserfruit herself is actually already rocking the skin in-game on her stream, thanks to exclusive access before the rest of us, so you can see it in action here.
We’ll keep you updated when the skin bundle is available to purchase in the item shop.
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