Middle Eastern players have been desperately calling for servers and Epic Games has finally answered their pleas.
Connections will always matter in online games as long as the latency between players remains a problem. To combat this inherent issue, we connect to servers which route our data and actions to other players. The server’s location still plays a major role in the quality of the experience.
Middle Eastern Fortnite players have been forced to connect to far away servers in order to play the game. This essentially makes playing at a high level impossible for these players. Now, Epic Games has finally come to the rescue.
Middle East server now live in Fortnite
On August 9, Epic Games pleasantly surprised players in the Middle East by activating servers for the region. The company has not made any official statement about the servers, but they are online according to the in-game server selection.
This has been a long time coming as the region houses hundreds of thousands of players. While the game has been banned in some Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Fortnite still has a gigantic following in the region.
Players from the Middle East have been asking for servers since the very beginning, so it must be a sweet relief to finally get them. Fortnite is, without a doubt, the world’s most popular video game by many metrics and that should mean server availability for everybody. Thankfully, Epic Games looks to be closing any holes in support.
According to @Lucas7yoshi, the servers are named MUM and MUM_S. The ‘MUM’ possibly stands for Mumbai, a major city center in the western part of India. This would be an adequate positioning for servers as they could reach the whole region without extreme pings.
Middle east match making servers are live— Lucas7yoshi // Leaks & News (@Lucas7yoshi) August 9, 2019
Appears to be split into “MUM” and “MUM_S”
Ip’s if you want to run a ping to see your ping or some shit (there are like 3 ip’s for each but im lazy to copy them all over:
MUM_S: 126.96.36.199 pic.twitter.com/mNvErptLp2
The location of the servers could cause issues for the far western parts of the Middle East, but we’ll have to wait on player reports for any details. Either way, the experience will be improved significantly from the 150+ pings many in the zone are used to.
It would’ve been nice to see the Middle East receive server support before the Fortnite World Cup, but late is better than never. This could even mean that we’ll see a new region added to tourneys held in the next season of competitive 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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