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Looking back at the Ninja / Drake Fortnite stream on its one-year anniversary

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When Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins was reportedly going to get Drake on his stream, many people were skeptical, instead the stream became an iconic moment for Fortnite and gaming in general.

It was March 14th, 2018. It was Season 3 of Fortnite. New players were joining the game constantly and insane edit tricks and 90s were unheard of. Dedicated players were grinding the new extended Battlepass with the goal of reaching tier 100 and the John Wick skin that came with it.

With very few competitive events having taken place, the debate between the best two players largely centered around Ninja and Myth. It was an argument of styles between an aggressive rusher who dropped massive bombs all day and a calculated player who was pushing the limits of building in Fortnite.

Since then, Ninja has blown up and been featured on national ad campaigns, had multiple events built around his personality and earned Battlebusses full of money. While Ninja’s career to that point required years of grinding games, one tweet sent it into hyperdrive.

That tweet turned an already massive stream into the largest Twitch stream by an individual streamer that wasn’t an event or tournament.

More than 600,000 people tuned in to watch Drake and Ninja play duos before they were eventually joined by Travis Scott and Juju Smith-Schuster as well.

Some of the best moments in the stream were when it was just Drake and Ninja going back and forth and popping off in duos. For some reason the full VOD of their duos doesn’t seem to be on Ninja’s Twitch channel but he did upload two separate duos games with Drizzy to YouTube.

He eventually played with Drake again, about a month later and uploaded two more videos showing those games which are linked here and here. But I want to focus on that first stream and how truly revolutionary that felt in the moment.

Other celebrities are also avid gamers and had done events around video games in the past, but this stream was a confluence of the three most popular things in their respective fields. Ninja is the most popular streamer, Drake the most popular rapper, and Fortnite the most popular game in America.

All three things came together at a time when Ninja still had a good reputation in the community and almost everyone playing Fortnite absolutely loved the game.

Everybody and their mothers wrote about the event. Mainstream sites jumped on the stream and explained to their readers what Fortnite and Twitch are and who Ninja is. Sometimes they were out-of-touch or didn’t understand gaming culture, but ultimately the exposure was huge for the video game community as a whole.

Epic took the success of that initiative and held events like the Celebrity Pro-Am (won by Ninja and Marshmello) over the summer. That likely led to the Marshmello concert in Pleasant Park in February.

One interesting comment from Drake is interesting to revisit now. In one of Ninja’s videos he says “I don’t know what is taking Epic so long to add emotes from rappers. Hotline Bling, the Uzi shrug, they should be in the game.”

After the lawsuits that have come out and some rappers alleging that Epic is stealing from Black artists, it’s interesting to hear a rapper advocating for more inclusion of emotes from rap culture.

It was impossible to predict how Fortnite would have developed based off of that one stream, but if the game is still active and popular in 5-10 years, many people will look back at the time Drake joined Ninja as a crucial moment in Fortnite’s success.

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How to complete Fortnite Birthday Bash challenges & rewards

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Fortnite Birthday Bash logo

To celebrate three years since Fortnite Battle Royale was released, back on September 26 2017, Epic Games have started the Birthday Bash event, with new challenges to complete.

In addition to the challenges, there are rewards, some festive changes to the map, the battle bus, and birthday presents dotted around the map.

Epic’s announcement says: “During the celebration, you’ll notice some festive changes around the Island. The Battle Bus is sporting a fresh new paint job to mark the occasion, and after dropping in, find yourself a Birthday Present and see what’s inside.”

Birthday Bash Challenges

These challenges will be available from September 26 to October 1, but thankfully most are straightforward.

You can see them all below (via FortniteFevers).

The one challenge that might cause you some trouble though, is dancing in front of different birthday cakes.

To help, here is a map of locations for the birthday cakes on the Fortnite island, via FortniteInsider.

Fortnite Birthday Cake locations

Here’s a look at the rewards available.

For creative players, there’s also some new content there, with the Princess Castle prefab now available.

You can submit a creation using the Princess Castle by October 6 for a chance to be featured in the first official Box Fight tournament as part of an upcoming Wild Wednesday tournament.

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Fortnite v14.20 leaked skins and cosmetic items

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A new Fortnite update is winging its way to players on all platforms, and as always, that means dataminers have leaked some of the skins and cosmetic items found in the files of September 23’s 14.20 update.

Fortnite’s latest patch dropped on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a brand-new Takeover LTM, and the official arrival of Wolverine, who is now patrolling around Weeping Weeds. Should you defeat him in combat, you can harness the strength of his adamantium claws, as the latest mythical power in the game.

Of course, a new patch means new cosmetics, and dataminers have already been scouring through the patch files to give us a look at what’s coming to the Item Shop over the new couple of weeks. Thanks to @Lucas7yoshi on Twitter for these leaks.

Leaked 14.20 Skins

Fortnite fans will have four new skins to enjoy following this update, with two new superheroes in the form of Hyacinth and Morro, who have come from “forgotten lands” and “long lost worlds” to join the fight on the island.

There’s also a vampire hunter known as Victoria Saint, who comes with two skin styles, and Sagan, who who is wearing a snazzy black and orange outfit.

Fortnite fans have four new skins to enjoy. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Back Bling

With Rocket League going free to play on the Epic Games Store from September 23, it’s no surprise that there are some cosmetics from the popular game in Fortnite to celebrate the good news, with players able to equip the iconic Octane car as a back bling.

There’s also a special birthday cake to celebrate Fortnite’s third birthday, plus custom back blings for each of the four new skins.

Rocket League arrives as part of the 14.20 cosmetics. Crredit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Emotes

There are 5 new physical emotes for players to enjoy, including a special birthday one that allows players to celebrate with some cake, while there are also some new dances in anticipation for the BTS event that’s happening in-game.

Rocket League gets an emote and a spray, as does the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2, Season 4.

BTS fans will have some special emotes for their upcoming event. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Harvesting Tools & Gliders

Only four Harvesting Tools arrive this week, with three of them designed Hyacinth and Morro, including a normal pickaxe, and dual swords in their respective colors. Victoria Saint gets an axe and a stake to use when hunting vampires, and Sagan gets her own pickaxe called Tangerine Terror.

There’s also a solitary glider, which is also for Hyacinth and Morro if you would like to complete the look.

Victoria Saint’s stake will be perfect for hunting vampires. Credit: Lucas7yoshi
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Patch Notes

Fortnite 14.20 patch notes: Wolverine arrives, Takeover LTM

Fortnite’s v14.20 update has arrived, bringing us a new LTM and new hero in Wolverine

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Wolverine standing in front of Stark Industries

Season 4’s Marvel theme continues, as the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” prepare for the arrival of the evil Galactus, who is determined to alter reality on the island forever. The villain has already dropped drones and Gorgers on the map in preparation for his immenent attack.

Now, another superhero has landed on the map as preparations continue, with Wolverine and his adamantium claws debuting in Fortnite in the Wednesday, September 23 update, along with preparations for the special BTS event.

Wolverine Arrives

Fighting on the island is about to get even more difficult, with the X-Men’s Wolverine landing on the island, and taking control of Weeping Woods in the south of the map.

Like other superhero bosses in the game, Wolverine will drop his mythical Wolverine’s Claw power when he is defeated by players, who can then pick it up and wield the power of ‘Experiment X,’ although fair warning, Epic Games have already said that “he won’t go down without a fight.”

Takeover LTM

Alongside a new hero, there’s also a fresh Limited-Time Mode to jump into, with the Marvel-based Takeover which has you fighting for control of outposts that are scattered across the map.

As always, normal weapons and items will be available to be picked up and looted, but in this mode, everyone will start with a random superpower and will be able to acquire more abilities by keeping an eye out for comets in the sky, that will land on the island and drop new powers.

New Storm Hero Ability

Wolverine wasn’t the only hero added in the v14.20 patch – at least not in the ability department. Storm’s hero ability came into the game in this update.

You may have already experienced Storm’s ability in one of the Marvel LTMs, but it’s quite a bit different in the base game. This one, largely, revolves around dealing fall damage to opponents. In the LTMs, there are numerous ways to avoid fall damage.

It’s still early, but Storm’s mythic ability looks to be one of the most powerful offensive tools in Fortnite Season 4.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing any bugs or glitches that appear in the game, in an attempt to make sure the game runs slowly, and improve quality of life for all players.

The good news is that there are no major glitches afflicting the game at this moment, so the bug fixes in this update are relatively small, but are still a nice inclusion for anyone who has encountered them. You can take a full look at the 14.20 bug fixes taken from Epic’s official Trello board below.

Battle Royale

  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with effects set to ‘Low.’
  • Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
  • Groot Awakening Island missing.
  • Boundless set sticker customization: menu sticker limit.

Creative Mode

  • Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
  • Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.

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