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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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This theory puts Siona’s origin in Fortnite Chapter 1 Season 3

Are Siona and the crashed ship from Chapter 1 Season 3?

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The theme of Fortnite Season 3 is obvious: a flood took over the map and it’s slowly receding. There also appears to be an emphasis on fire, although that could be considered an additional game mechanic rather than a theme.

If we’ve learned anything over the past few seasons, however, it’s that the primary theme of a particular season rarely ends up affecting the plot in the way we think. Just look back at Season 2. We all assumed that there was a war brewing between Ghost and Shadow. In the end, it all seemed to be a ruse to hide Midas’ true motive: breaking the storm.

Those who look past the surface-level theme of Season 3 will notice a couple of things that don’t totally fit. We have the next generation of bosses, Aquaman, a new Coral Castle POI – all of which fit the water theme and continue the basic storyline from Season 2.

What doesn’t fit the theme, however, is Siona, her kit, and the crashed spaceship outside of Craggy Cliffs. All of these seem to fit the Chapter 1. Season 3 theme rather than that of Chapter 2 Season 3.

Well, what if that’s exactly where Siona and the crashed spaceship come from? What if they were originally from the Chapter 1 map – lost in space when everyone else was transported through the Black Hole. It took them a little longer to get to the new map, but they found their way, nonetheless.

Reddit user, Twitch streamer, and overall Fortnite lore expert, Koooooomar, pieced together both Season 3 themes using one, simple symbol: the one found on the back of the boots of the Chapter 1 Season 3 astronauts. This is the same symbol on the top of the crashed rocket from Chapter 2 Season 3.

What does this mean for the end of Season 3? Where did the ship go when it took off? Back to the original Fortnite map? We don’t know for sure, but we may be closer than we think to getting answers.

We expect the upcoming HighTower event to directly address the crashed spaceship. As was the case with the Ghost and Shadow war, we think the flood is a distraction from what’s really happening on the island.

As for what all of this means – your guess is as good as ours. For now, we can only suspect that Siona and the crashed ship left the Chapter 1 map during Season 3 – arriving on the new map in time for the same season. Are we still in the loop? “When I hear this again, will it help me remember? Or once looped, will I be just as mutes as the others?”

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Opinion: Cars brought the fun back to Fortnite

The introduction of cars has brought back the biggest missing element in Fortnite: lighthearted fun.

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The Fortnite v13.40 update brought one of the most anticipated items to the game: cars. Players had high expectations for cars in Fortnite, and the finished product didn’t disappoint.

With one simple item, Epic solved one of the biggest problems that were plaguing Fortnite for the longest time: everyone cared too much about winning. For almost all of Chapter 2, the most fun part of the game was getting a win. This wasn’t always the case in Fortnite.

Since the implementation of skill-based matchmaking, Fortnite players got a lot more serious about getting wins. Late-game public matches mirrored low-level Arena games, with players boxing-up and trying to survive until the end.

In some ways, it seems like Epic supported this environment in Chapter 2. The loot pool was simple and unchanging for the most part – with very few items dedicated to having fun. The days of goofy plays seemed to be over, unless we were playing the Unvaulted LTM.

With the release of cars, however, we saw players focusing on something that seemed to be lost within the Fortnite community: having fun.

We’re seeing taxi services, fortified gas stations, car battles, and everything in between. Some players don’t seem to care if they get the win, as long as they can have a good time in their match. That used to be what Fortnite was about.

Take a look at this next clip, for instance. All of these players are trying to complete the challenge of driving from Retail to Pleasant. Just a week ago, it didn’t seem like something like this would be possible.

As the title of the Reddit post states, it’s fun to dominate a lobby but it’s far more entertaining to laugh your way through a match – win or lose.

This clip from SypherPK spoke to us. He’s fantasizing about how this Fortnite update would be if all of the big names were still playing the game. Imaging TimtheTatman getting run down by CourageJD or DrLupo hitting a moving headshot with a Hunting Rifle.

Personalities like these have, largely, left Fortnite, but we’re all still here. We can have these moments in our games with our friends. Players are returning to find that the sweaty game they left is fun again; all because of one new element.

Cars will eventually get old and players will start becoming more serious, again. Hopefully, Epic can continue to create lighthearted updates like this one and keep the vibe that we’re all feeling right now. Cars brought the fun back to Fortnite. Let’s hope that it stays around for a while.

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More leaked details about Fortnite HighTower event: “Coming very soon”

The Fortnite Season 3 event, HighTower, could be ramping-up very soon.

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According to reports from the Fortnite data mining community, the most recent update – v13.40 – is the last update of Season 3. This means that Season 3 is on track to be the first season in Chapter 2 to end on schedule. Even if it’s extended by a week, it will be far shorter than either of the previous two seasons.

Data miners found some event files in the most recent patch, pointing to a season-ending event that’s set to get underway sooner rather than later. The first batch of leaks were largely comprised of strings of code. We learned that the event has the code name “HighTower” and that craters will begin to appear around the map. You can take a look at our initial recap here.

Since then, data miners have been looking closely at these files. There looks to be a rift that will begin to develop in the sky and grow over time – similar to what we saw with the first rift in Chapter 1.

The rift will appear either over The Agency or Mount Kay and should enter the game “very soon,” according to Hypex.

Epic have been a fan of hiding some clues in spectrograms since the beginning of the Fortnite storyline. We’ve seen several images come out of spectrograms dating back to Chapter 1 Season 4.

The sound of this rift creates an image in a spectrogram as well. All that’s visible is a shadowy figure, who will undoubtedly reveal himself by the end of the season – or at the beginning of the next season.

According to Hypex, we should also begin to see the runes appear around The Agency relatively soon. We could also see a crater appear near Salty Springs, a “crack in the sky” over Risky Reels, and a new HighTower POI to the south of The Agency.

Since this is the final patch of Season 3, this might be all of the information we learn before the runes, cracks, POIs, and rifts start to appear in-game. After that, we’ll probably need to wait for the season-ending event.

As far as what the event will bring – your guess is as good as ours. No one predicted that we’d be ascending to another plane of existence at the end of Season 2, so we’re not even going to speculate about where Season 3 will bring us. Send us your best theories on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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