Is Lazarbeam getting a Fortnite skin? We explore the YouTuber’s new teaser and supporting evidence of an Icon Series skin.
Since the release of Ninja’s Fortnite skin, fans of the game have been speculating about which creators could be next. We’ve now seen Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg receive skins in Fortnite, along with celebrities like Travis Scott and Marshmello.
Well, according to Lazarbeam, it could be him.
Lazarbeam Icon Series Skin
On March 1, Lazarbeam scheduled a video entitled, “MY FORTNITE SKIN REVEAL.” Fans immediately wondered whether or not the Australian YouTuber – known for his gags – was pulling a fast one on his fanbase.
We still don’t know whether or not this announcement is legitimate, but the early signs point to it being the real deal. Lazarbeam even assured his followers that it isn’t clickbait.
Fortnite data miner, iFireMonkey, added further legitimacy to the announcement by looking at the files for the planned video.
“The Lazarbeam Icon Series video appears to be only 2 Minutes and 25 Seconds long according to the videos content details,” he wrote on Twitter. “Due to the video length being pretty short, I would say this is 99% confirmed to be his icon series skin.”
The video is scheduled to release at 5:00 PM EST (2:00 PST), so we’ll know more when we can watch Lazarbeam’s announcement.
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If this is Lazarbeam’s entrance to the Icon Series, it would be the first time that a creator revealed their skin before it was leaked. This could be why Epic and Lazarbeam are announcing it now – before it enters the game files for data miners to find.
Of course, there’s still a small chance that we’re one of the many fans who are taking the bait. We’ll let you know when we see the video in a few hours.
Clix threatened with Fortnite ban for hosting wagers
Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod received a warning from Epic Games that he would be banned if he didn’t stop hosting Fortnite wagers.
Fortnite star, Clix, recently received a personal warning from Epic Games that they would ban his account if he continued to host wagers with his viewers.
Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod was a part of the second generation of Fortnite pros who came up on Twitch after figures like Ninja and Tfue left the game. Out of the “newer” crop of Fortnite streamers, Clix is among the most popular – if not the most popular – streamers in the game.
The meta of Fortnite streaming changed after the old guard left. Instead of watching lighthearted pub-stomping content, viewers began to watch true pro Fortnite players who would scrimmage, box fight, and compete on-stream nearly every day.
One of the methods of competition was wager matches. Players would join a custom Zone Wars or box fight map and bet money that they’d win. Pros would often play one another with this format, but would also open the door to viewers – allowing them to compete against their favorite streamer.
This practice was relatively common in Fortnite, but Epic Games never supported it – for obvious reasons. There was always talk of a crack-down on Fortnite wagers, but nothing ever happened.
That was until recently when Clix was hosting wagers with his viewers on-stream. According to him, someone from Epic Games reached out to NRG – Clix’s organization – to tell them that if Clix continued to host wagers, he’d be banned.
Clix immediately stopped his wagers and told any viewers who signed up that he’d refund them. Clearly frustrated and dejected, Clix complained that Epic seemed to decide to crack down on him and let other streamers slide.
“I’m not even mad that they’re telling me to stop wagering. I get it,” he said. “The thing is, why me and nobody else? The whole com[munity] does wagers and I get warned.”
This warning comes on the heels of Epic banning high-level paid scrimmages at the beginning of the year. Epic cracked down on some of the biggest scrims in all regions for their format – a pay-to-enter system that Epic didn’t want to see continue.
Now, with the banning of wager matches, a lot of the top pro players feel as though there’s little for them to do in Fortnite. Clix echoed this sentiment in a follow-up tweet, saying that he “won’t be able to play Arena with the amount of f***ing stream snipers.”
The banning of wagers and scrims and the addition of some disliked weapons like the Primal Shotgun prompted Fortnite players to rage on Twitter, with the hashtag #ripfortnite hitting the trending tab – not for the first time.
It’s understandable that Epic don’t want largely underage players gambling money on their game. The combination of wager bans and scrim bans has fueled the frustration of pro players in a game that offers little in the way of official competition formats during the off-season.
With one of the biggest streamers in Fortnite getting a warning, we wouldn’t be surprised to see wagers die-off in the Fortnite community. Hopefully, Epic can replace these unofficial competition settings with some of their own.
Lazarbeam Fortnite skin: release date, first look & more
Lazarbeam is getting a Fortnite skin in the Fortnite Icon Series. Take a look at the new skin, bundle, and release date.
On March 1, Epic Games and Lazarbeam announced that they Australian YouTube star would be the next creator to be included in the Fortnite Icon Series with a new skin bundle.
The Fortnite Icon Series gives creators a way to become immortalized in one of their favorite video games: Fortnite. This began with one of the pioneers of Fortnite, Ninja, and has since expanded to include Loserfruit, Lachlan, and TheGrefg.
It looks like popular Australian YouTuber and streamer, Lannan “Lazarbeam” Eacott will be the next creator featured in the series. He first teased the announcement with a scheduled video, then showcased his skin at 5:00 PM EST on March 1.
Lazarbeam Fortnite skin release date
Lazarbeam’s Fortnite Icon Series skin should hit the Item Shop on March 4. He also mentioned some giveaways, which could relate to his YouTube channel or a limited-time tournament, similar to TheGrefg’s Floor is Lava event.
The bundle will come with a skin, and additional variant, the Gingerbread construction worker Back Bling, a sledgehammer pickaxe and an emote that may or may not be built into the outfit.
We’ll update you when we get closer to the release date of Lazarbeam’s Fortnite skin. We should see some datamined images of the skin in the next Fortnite patch, so stay tuned for that as well.
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72hrs exposes Arena & tournament instant Gold exploit
Fortnite streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed a massive Gold Bar exploit for Arena and the Season 5 FNCS.
Fortnite is no stranger to exploits, but streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan uncovered a Gold Bar strategy that players can use to cheat in the Season 5 FNCS.
Fortnite Season 5 introduced Gold Bars to the game – a new currency that players can use to upgrade weapons, buy Exotics, and otherwise improve their setup.
In base Fortnite, Gold Bars carry over from game to game. In Arena and tournament play, they don’t, meaning you start every match with 0 Gold Bars. This fact has been under some criticism, as it puts weapon upgrades behind an in-game paywall, making RNG more of a factor in competitive matches and tournaments.
Well, some players have found a way around that, and streamer Tom “72hrs” Mulligan exposed this exploit to the public.
Fortnite Gold Bar exploit
The exploit revolves around timed quests in Fortnite – something that Epic probably overlooked when implementing the system. You can grab quests from NPCs that last 60 minutes, rather than for one game – meaning you can complete them in the next game you play.
These quests are the same in Arena as they are in public matches. Theoretically, you can grab three quests in one match, back out, and get all of the Gold rewards in your next Arena match.
This is an exploit that should be addressed for Arena Mode, but its real impact can be felt in tournaments. Players can hop into a public match, stack-up on quests, complete 90% of each quest, then play an FNCS qualification game while finishing all of the quests at once for instant Gold Bars.
“People wouldn’t even know if you don’t stream,” Tom explained. “In replay, it doesn’t show you get Gold, so the only way you’d know if people were doing this is if you take the time to slowly count all the Gold that they actually got.”
Your initial thought might be, “Since 72hrs made this video, more people are going to abuse the system.” This is probably right, but there were plenty of people who knew about this exploit before the video went live. Tom’s former teammate, Chap, even admitted that he already knew about the exploit in the former streamer’s chat.
Now, the exploit is out in the open and Epic have to do something about it. Plenty of FNCS players don’t stream their matches for a variety of reasons. As 72hrs said, there’s no way of knowing that these players used the exploit unless you’re specifically looking for it in Replay Mode.
“You gotta think about it like this, too,” 72hrs continued, “So many people are accidentally doing it – they don’t even know. They’re playing pubs, they picked up a quest, they’re like, ‘I’m not f***in’ fueling up a car today, I’ll do it later.’ And then they go into FNCS … and all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Wait, I can upgrade, I have 500 Gold.'”
72hrs presented a question towards the end of the video: is it cheating? It’s hard to say that this is cheating since it’s so easy to accidentally trigger the exploit. Now that it’s out there, though, we can expect more players to take advantage of it in the Season 5 FNCS.
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