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How to watch Friday Fortnite feat. Juju-Smith Schuster, FaZe H1ghSky1, DrLupo and more – Stream, Schedule, and Brackets

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Friday Fortnite continues to dominate the intermission scene between the Online Opens and the World Cup Finals. July 12 features another wave of big celebrity names, pro players, and more fighting for $20,000.

Every event’s got its haters, but we’ve barely seen any negativity around the re-launch of Friday Fortnite. Keemstar’s tourney series has risen back to its former glory after FaZe Clan’s promise to help fund the events following the Tfue lawsuit. The tourney is now funded through other revenue.

Week 5 of Friday Fortnite’s return brings another blazing competition between pro players and celebrity guests. We expect the competition to be as ferocious and entertaining as ever! The event is hosted by Keemstar and run by UMG Events.

When does Friday Fortnite start?

UMG will be sticking to their usual schedule with Friday Fortnite as it has done well with drawing in humongous viewer numbers.

On July 12, Friday Fortnite will begin at 1PM PST/4PM EST. Judging from the past few weeks of action, you can expect the event to run for about 6-10 hours. The wide variance is natural in Fortnite events to due differing match lengths and downtime when setting up lobbies.

To watch the official gameplay of the event, you’ll want to head to the UMG Gaming Twitch channel:

Watch live video from UMGEvents on www.twitch.tv

Who is participating in Week 5 of Friday Fortnite?

The prodigal son returns – via FaZe Clan

Of course, many of Fortnite’s biggest professional players and influencers are joining the fray again this week. You’ll see Ninja, H1ghSky1, DrLupo, Kamo, HighDistortion, SypherPK, and the like battling it out once more.

In addition to these mainstays, celebrities often are invited to draw attention to the event as well. This week’s greatest special guest is none other than JuJu-Smith Schuster. He’s a wide receiver for the Steelers NFL team, an avid fan of Fortnite, and a member of FaZe Clan. He also attended the Summer Block Party Pro-Am.

You can check out the full roster of duos in UMG’s dynamic live bracket below. This bracket will be updated after every single match-up during the event. It’s an awesome way to follow the event if you can’t watch a stream due to IRL obligations.

What’s the format for Friday Fortnite?

Week 5 of Friday Fortnite starts on July 12

For those that have not watched Friday Fortnite in the past and mainly follow official Fortnite esports, you’re going to need a quick rundown of the format.

Instead of using the Fortnite World Cup ruleset set forth by Epic Games, Friday Fortnite follows the old Fortnite tourney ruleset. Kills are the only thing that matters in these matches.

Opposing duos will jump into a Squads lobby together and queue for a public match. The duos will then contend for kills throughout the match. The team with the most total kills after two matches wins the round and advances to the next match-up.

Additionally, Friday Fortnite is a double elimination tourney. If a team loses a round, they will be sent into the losers bracket to contend against other losing teams. If a team loses a second time, they’re out of the tournament. The system helps prevent any fluke victories/losses.

Due to duos playing on the same Squads team, strict rules have been put in place to prevent teams from ‘screwing over’ the opposition. The following are examples of disqualification worthy behavior:

  • Breaking other duo’s builds on purpose
  • Throwing Boogie Bombs at other duo (Instant ban from Friday Fortnite)
  • Throwing Stink Bombs into other duo
  • Shooting randomly to attract attention of enemies

UMG pays close attention to each match and has banned players from participating in the past. If you see any suspicious behavior, contact UMG immediately.

What’s the prize for winning Friday Fortnite?

Here comes the money!

While pros inherently love competition, prize pools are what draw in the big sharks. Friday Fortnite will offering the winners of the event $20,000 dollars, $10,000 per player.

Friday Fortnite is a winner-takes-all style tourney. If your favorites place second, that’s too bad for them. Of course, there’s always next week. Winners will be announced at the end of the July 12 stream once all matches have concluded.

If the competition remains as spicy as past weeks, we’ll be glued to our monitors from 4PM to 12AM. Then we’ll hop on Youtube to watch some replays. If you haven’t gotten a chance to spectate one of these weekly tourneys, you are missing out big time. Be sure to clear your schedule this afternoon!

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Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3

Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.

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Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.

These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.

A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.

Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.

As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.

There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?

Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.

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Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more

Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.

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The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.

Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.

Aim assist changes

The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.

Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Fortnite Mobile Controller Support
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Storm the Agency Challenges

Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.

The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.

Storm Circles

Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.

The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.

Bug Fixes

There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:

  • Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
  • Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
  • iOS players hitching at high rate

We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.

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Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items

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Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.

Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.

With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.

For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.

Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak

There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.

On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.

Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite

Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.

The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.

On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.

Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.

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