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Ninja calls for a dedicated Fortnite pro league: could it happen?

Ninja suggests an official Fortnite league as a solution to some of the biggest problems in the game. Is such a thing realistic?

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Competitive Fortnite is always a topic that we discuss, here, but it’s been in the crosshairs of the wider gaming and esports landscape of late. Pro Fortnite players voiced their disappointment in the Season 4 PC FNCS prize pool, comparing it to similar competitions from a year ago.

The Season 4 prize pool is significantly lower, but Epic are allocating their funds differently, now. They spread their prize pool across several regions and platforms, which lowers the amount that they can give to the most popular platform: PC. They’re also hosting daily and weekly Cash Cups, which comes out of their prize pool budget as well.

You can say what you want about Epic’s distribution of their prize pool; that’s not the topic, here. The real problem – as esports reporter, Slasher, detailed in a tweet thread – is the lack of support that these tier-one Fortnite pros feel that they receive from Epic Games.

This feeling of now being listened to fuels some of the outrage that’s common within the Fortnite community. What’s more is that these high-profile pro players need to continue to prove themselves time and time again just to qualify for paid events – something that isn’t the case in any other top esport.

People like Clix, Zayt, BenjyFishy, Mongraal, Bugha, and all of the other household names in Fortnite have to continue to qualify for official Fortnite tournaments. Theoretically, they have the same chance of qualifying as your cousin who has been grinding Cash Cups for the past few months.

This element is part of the allure of competitive Fortnite – that anyone could be a pro player. Several pros have come out of nowhere to win hundreds of thousands of dollars. Morgausse was a prime example of this during the Summer Skirmish. An unknown pro at the time, Morgausse left the event $225,000 richer and as the hottest free agent in Fortnite.

We’ve come a long way since then, however. All of the events are held online, which means everyone who has Fortnite and an internet connection can affect these games. Even players who know they can’t win an event can “grief” a high-profile streamer – landing on them and ruining the streamer’s chances of qualifying.

It feels like, after 2+ years of competitive play, Fortnite finally has an established esports scene. Is it time that Epic Games began working with organizations and developing a league, similar to what other esports titles have done?

During the FNCS Warmup tournament, Ninja took to Twitter to propose just that: an official Fortnite league. In his opinion, a league sanctioned by Epic Games is the only way to avoid some of the common problems we see in nearly every Fortnite tournament.

It seems like nearly every Fortnite pro and passionate viewer would be interested in seeing something like this, but would Epic Games ever back such a tournament? In our opinion, the answer is an unfortunate, no.

A large part of Epic’s marketing strategy with competitive Fortnite seems to be that anyone could be a pro player. They’ve explicitly said this, at times, and used it as a justification as to why they don’t split the competitive and casual loot pools.

After seasons of requests from pro players involving the Fortnite loot pool, Epic have finally begun to make half measures in this regard. Still, there always seem to be a few items that are fine in core modes but completely broken in competitive. If Epic won’t even take the time to completely split the loot pool, would they really back a walled-off competitive Fortnite league?

Sadly, our outlook on this situation is a pessimistic one. A Fortnite league is possible, but we don’t think that it’s how Epic wants to handle the professional side of Fortnite. All of the evidence points to Epic wanting to keep Fortnite esports as an open platform.

There are some positives to this, but from a viewership perspective, we think the negatives outweigh the positives. Anything is possible, though, so we hope that a dedicated Fortnite league is in the cards for the future.

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Fortnite leak suggests Zombie Husks could return in Fortnitemares 2020

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Fortnite Zombie Husks return Fortnitemares

Fortnitemares 2020 is expected any day now, and fans are wondering what the new update will bring them. Last season, Epic scrapped Husks from the Save the World version of the game in favor of jump-scare zombies hiding in cars and barrels of hay.

Most Fortnite players appeared to prefer this version of zombie in Fortnite. Sure, they could make you jump out of your chair, but the husks would routinely overwhelm players and cause them to lose games. The 2019 Fortnitemares zombies had little affect on actual gameplay.

In fact, we even created a Twitter poll, asking our followers which Fortnite zombies they preferred. Out of the over 2,000 people who responded, almost 70% of them said that they’d prefer last year’s jump-scare zombies to the husks from previous Fortnite events.

Well, according to Fortnite data miner, @Mang0e_, Epic have made alterations to the husk spawners in Fortnite. The change is only in the audio – but any change to an existing Fortnitemares asset would suggest that it’s coming back.

Unfortunately for the many players who dislike these zombies, this leak seems to be a clear sign that they’ll be returning for Fortnitemares 2020. Hopefully, the cubes that spawn these husks drop some tier-one loot as they did during Season X.

In past Fortnitemares seasons, these cubes spawned all over the map. We could see the same happen, again, but we hope that won’t be the case. Retail Row was home to the husks in Season X, so we could see the POI be a hub for zombie activity, yet again.

There are also rumors that The Authority will be home to Midas and “Ghostly Ghost Henchmen,” which could also signify that husks will be active in this area. If this isn’t the case and zombies spawn all over the place, then we can only hope that their spawn rates look more like that of the Gorgers rather than the Marauders from Chapter 2 Season 3.

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Fortnite leak points to a buffed Flare Gun returning

The Flare Gun has been buffed in the Fortnite game files, suggesting that its return could be around the corner.

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Fortnite leak shows buffed Flare Gun

The Flare Gun was Fortnite’s first step towards the fire-filled gameplay that we have in Season 4. In Season 3, Epic introduced the Flare Gun to fit with the “stranded” flood theme of the map and Battle Pass. Later, they introduced the ability to set structures on fire and a new item to do just that: the Firefly Jars.

Environmental fires were cited among the reasons Epic swapped to the new physics engine in the first place. Season 4 seems to have capatalized on these new effects, adding Doom’s Mystical Bomb and other ways to set your surroundings on fire.

With the introduction of Season 3, however, Epic removed the Flare Gun from the game. It wasn’t the most popular item in the rotation, but it still provided some handy utility in the form of marking players in the surrounding area. Still, most of the time, players would pick it up, shoot a shot to see if anyone was around, drop it, and move on.

According to data miner Mang0e, we may not have seen the last of the Flare Gun in Fortnite. The item has undergone some changes in the game files, buffing the duration of marked enemies to 15 seconds.

This isn’t the largest buff in the world but it will make the item more viable. The Flare Gun wasn’t very useful when it came to dealing damage, so buffing the utility of the gun could influence more people to carry it.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the original Flare Gun in Fortnite – you’d be hard-pressed to see too many people complaining about it. The weakness of the gun still seems to be there, however. It doesn’t take ammo, so you’ll be stuck with ten charges – similar to the Harpoon Gun.

Adding ammo to the Flare Gun might throw it out of balance, so this might be the most significant buff that Epic can add – within reason. Either way, it would seem that the Flare Gun could be making a return. We can guess that we’ll see it as early as Fortnitemares or as late as Season 5.

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Leaked ‘Fancy Kevin’ skin set & Jetpack leaked for Forntitemares

More Fortnitemares leaks come rolling in with an update expected any day now.

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Kevin the Cube Fortnite skin

Fortnitemares 2020 is just around the corner, with an update expected to come to Fortnite as early as this weekend. Fans have been speculating as to what the new update will bring this year: Zombies? Husks? A unique LTM? We won’t know until the update drops.

We saw several leaks about the event come out of the v14.30 update, including one that suggested that Midas would be coming back as a ghost or zombie. Data miner, Mang0e, added to the leaks with news of a “Cosmos” Jetpack and a new “Fancy Kevin” skin set.

Kevin, for those who don’t know, was the community-given name for the cube that landed on the island during Chapter 1. Epic embraced the name, and have used it in several promotional cosmetic items, announcements, and in-game hints. It’s the reason that the Kevolution Energy plant has its name.

As for how this skin will look, we may not know until it hits the Item Shop. Kevin fans should saver their V-bucks in the meantime.

Now, moving onto the Jetpack that was found in the game files. We have already seen Jetpacks in Fortnite, and they’ve almost always been relegated to LTMs. According to Mang0e, this Jetpack has some new effects and, reportedly, won’t be for an LTM.

We’re not 100% sure whether or not this Jetpack will come to Fortnitemares or if it will be a part of Stark Tech later in the season. Jetpacks occupy an interesting place in Fortnite when it comes to balancing them. With Shockwaves, Bouncers, and Crash Pads already in the game, do we need another way to take height without using builds?

Keep in mind that this Jetpack could be among the nine leaked weapons found in the game files, and that it’s not guaranteed to ever see regular play in Fortnite.

If you want to know more about what to expect in this year’s Fortnitemares, you can take a look at our predictions and guide to the leaks here. We’ll keep you posted when the update goes live, so stay tuned!

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