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Is it time for the Fortnite community to forgive XXiF and Ronaldo?

It’s been one year since XXiF and Ronaldo attempted to cheat their way into the Fortnite World Cup. Is it time to forgive them?

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With the Fortnite World Cup solo competition taking place a year ago, today, we decided to reflect on one of the biggest stories coming out of the tournament: the XXiF and Ronaldo cheating scandal. For those who don’t know, XXiF and Ronaldo were duo teammates back in the World Cup days. Both of them were accused of cheating by having kills fed to them in the solo format from players who were already out of the running.

Epic reviewed the clips in question and banned both players for two weeks. This was the first professional cheating scandal to rock Fortnite, and Epic weren’t prepared for it. The two returned after their ban, only to qualify for the grand finals as a duo.

The community came together to collectively roast both of these players. Their organization dropped them and they had to compete as free agents. At the World Cup finals LAN event, the crowd cheered as the duo was eliminated on the big screen. DrLupo even called XXiF a “bot” during the official broadcast.

Since the World Cup, both XXiF and Ronaldo left Fortnite to pursue Valorant. It would have been tough for them to build their way back into the community, as 90% of players knew them only as “the World Cup cheaters.”

We said that this was the first professional cheating scandal in Fortnite, but it wasn’t the last. See that search bar at the top of the screen? Type “cheat” into that. Dubs, Kreo, Bucke, Slackes, and Keys have all been banned for cheating in tournaments – and that’s only in the NA-East region. We’ve also seen Japanese pros, console pros, and Australian pros banned for cheating – and some of their transgressions are far worse than anything XXiF and Ronaldo did. We’re talking about aimbot, macros, and DDoSing.

Bucke, Keys, Kreo, and Slackes were all banned for teaming with one another during the FNCS Duos competition. As you can see from the clip, they used each other for Storm Surge tags while in the Slurpy Swamp area. They would shoot one another – make sure not to finish – and get the free shields at Slurpy so that both teams could avoid Storm Surge.

Dubs was banned in the FNCS solos competition for “teaming” as well. He had more of a defense for his actions than the former group but still received a competitive ban for appearing to avoid one player while attacking others who landed with him at Rickety Rig.

What’s happened since the banning of these players? Kreo was dropped from his organization but later acquired by Built by Gamers – as was Bucke. Keys and Slackes were signed to an even bigger organization in Luminosity. Dubs remained with his organization, FaZe Clan, through this cheating allegation and an N-word controversy to top it off. None of them received an ounce of the backlash that XXiF and Ronaldo still receive to this day.

This article is not to say that these players deserve to have their careers ended. We’re, simply, highlighting that this is a different era of Fortnite. The professional community has changed. If XXiF and Ronaldo were caught cheating in the upcoming FNCS competition, they would have received a longer ban but far less blow-back from the community; almost certainly.

Recently, there was a post on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit that showed XXiF and Ronaldo in a Fortnite lobby, entitled, “Xxif and Ronaldo coming back to Fortnite 🤢.” It brought the topic back to the forefront, briefly, although neither player has engaged with the speculation. To our surprise, the comments on the post were largely understanding.

“They were dumba***s for cheating and don’t deserve the money,” one Redditor wrote, “BUT, they seem to have been the scapegoats/poster children for cheaters. So many people have been exposed since them, but they got the full brunt of the lifelong hate.”

“I honestly feel bad for both of them,” wrote another. “As humans, we need to be better about forgiving people. Majority of Fortnite players are younger and love giving into cancel culture for these 2, but players like Keys, Kreo, Slackes, and them they can easily forgive because they place consistently and have a streaming fan base.”

Our point is this: it’s been a full year since the XXiF and Ronaldo scandal. Multiple high-profile pros have been caught cheating or skirting the rules since then and retained their careers and popularity. Is it time that we forgive these two and move on? The decision is, ultimately, yours.

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Stats reveal the deadliest locations in Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite data miner, Lucas7Yoshi, has created a map of the most deadly locations in Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to land or avoid.

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Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass

The Fortnite world is a deadly one. Take a look at some of the most dangerous locations on the entire map.

It’s no secret that Fortnite – and all battle royales, for that matter – have hot-spots for players to drop. If you want a fight, you’ll find one at Salty Towers in every game. If you want a more relaxed experience, Craggy Cliffs might be your speed.

Which are the deadliest places on the Fortnite map? Regular players know about some of them. It should be no secret that Salty Towers and Pleasant Park see a lot of action.

Data miner Lucas7Yoshi has been gathering all kinds of Fortnite data, lately. Most recently, he compiled a map of the most active locations in Season 5. As you can see, Salty Towers and Lazy Lake top the list.

The areas shrouded in blue aren’t completely inactive, but they show how much activity happens at the center of the map. If you want a safe drop, the northeast corner is probably your best bet.

From the map, you can see that the action isn’t isolated to the center. Sure, it’s the most active, but Holly Hedges, Sweaty Sands, Retail Row, and Slurpy Swamp almost always have a few deaths per match.

These locations are probably more bus path-dependent than Pleasant, Salty, and Lazy, but they still get a ton of attention. Stealthy Stronghold – likely bolstered by the addition of Predator – can also be seen on the map.

This map doesn’t give us too much new information, but it’s interesting to see how much activity takes place in different areas of the map. Even the no man’s land of the Zero Point has more deaths than places like Steamy Stacks – the safest named POI in Season 5.

We’re interested in learning more about Fortnite trends as Lucas7Yoshi continues his research. So far, he’s compiled data for the most popular cosmetics to go along with his new death map.

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Fortnite Winter Trials event & rewards leaked

Epic Games quickly added and removed a webpage that revealed a new Fortnite event: Winter Trials. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Epic Games released a new website, announcing the Fortnite Winter Trials. They have since removed the site, leading fans to believe it was leaked early.

Most of the time, when we’re discussing Fortnite leaks, we’re talking about data miners finding files in the game that relate to certain events, skins, etc. In rare cases, Epic let something slip a bit early. That’s what we have here.

On January 25, Epic released the Fortnite Winter Trials webpage, showcasing free rewards, an influencer tournament, community voting on events, and more.

The website was quickly removed after it was added, but data miner Hypex was able to record some of the contents before it went down.

The details of the event are still limited, but it appears as though players will be earning badges for logging in, voting for challenges, and playing Fortnite.

Over the course of the rest of the season, your playtime and badges will reward you with free cosmetics. Most of them are hidden, but we know about a spray, emoticon, and weapon wrap from the images on the website.

Fortnite Winter Trials rewards

We should see an official announcement of the event soon. Since Epic were the ones who jumped the gun, we expect to see them announce the event as soon as tomorrow – if not later tonight.

We’ll update this post when we learn more about the event, along with additional details on how to earn free cosmetics. Stay tuned.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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