Friday Fortnite returns once again for another run of the popular tourney series with big names like the World Cup winner Bugha.
Another week of Friday Fortnite arrives as Season X enters its second week. With the B.R.U.T.E. mech in play and the Glider Redeploy out, who will grab the prize money this time around?
How to watch Friday Fortnite on August 9
Friday Fortnite on August 9 will begin at 1PM PST/4PM EST/9PM BST. This has been standard since the return of the weekly tourneys back in May.
As always, UMG will be running the event via their competitive gaming platform. The official viewing experience for the event can be found on UMG’s own Twitch channel embedded below.
Players are also allowed to stream the event to their own respective channels.Watch live video from UMGEvents on www.twitch.tv
Who is playing in this week’s Friday Fortnite?
Friday Fortnite experienced a few weeks of lesser known competition during the time leading up to the Fortnite World Cup. Thankfully, the event has reignited the passion of the community and the roster is once again stacked with talent.
Key among the crowd is Bugha, the Fortnite Solos World Cup winner. The player showed his proficiency at official Fortnite esports and now looks to grab another major victory. Keep in mind that the rules for this event are significantly different than the World Cup.
In addition to Bugha, you’ll see many of your favorite streamers and pro players grace the screen. These include Nickmercs, Ninja, Ewok, Aydan, ZexRow, Nate Hill, and more!
You can see a full roster of players in UMG’s dynamic Challonge bracket. This bracket will be updated live throughout the event. It’s a great way to follow along with the tourney if you can’t watch the stream.
What are the Friday Fortnite rules?
Unlike official Fortnite esports tournaments, Friday Fortnite will be using its own elimination based ruleset.
Friday Fortnite started running weekly tournaments all the way back in the early days of the battle royale giant. There were no custom matches or point systems to be heard of at the time. Eliminations are the only thing that matters in Friday Fortnite to this day.
The two duos meet up in a public Fortnite Squads lobby and hop into a game together. Whichever team gets the most eliminations after two matches wins the round and moves on.
Friday Fortnite features a losers bracket which allows teams a second chance if they happen to lose a round. Losing in the losers bracket results in the team being eliminated entirely from the tourney.
Due to the format of teams playing together in the same Squad, strict sportsmanship rules have been put into place. These are to prevent players from disrupting the other duo. “Stealing” kills is completely within the rules, but the following most certainly are not:
- Breaking the other duo’s builds or breaking any structure they are standing on
- Using a Boogie Bomb on the other duo (instant disqualification)
- Using builds to block the other team from moving
- Deliberately blocking shots or projectiles via body-blocking
These and other rules are enforced adamantly by UMG and we’ve seen contestants be disqualified many times before.
Will you be watching this week’s Friday Fortnite competition live? If you haven’t had a chance to catch one of these tourneys yet, we highly recommend hopping into the stream today. The roster is looking packed with raw talent and the competition gets more and more fiery by the week. It’s time for Friday Fortnite!
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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