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
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.
Fortnite leaks point to underwater swimming coming in Season 3
Swimming underwater may be a permanent feature coming to Fortnite Season 3.
Early leaks of underwater swimming in Fortnite came to the game files several patches ago. Naturally, this led to the assumption that we’d be able to dive underwater in future Fortnite seasons.
These hopes were dashed when the Astronomical event happened. We swam underwater during this event, and most fans assumed that this would be the bulk of our undersea travel.
A couple of updates later, in v12.61, we saw the ability to swim underwater updated, yet again. When you combine this with the unconfirmed leaks covering Season 3, all signs are pointing to the ability to swim underwater in the next Fortnite Season.
Several data miners covered the new strings in the game files. After a bit of digging, they came up with the animation, itself.
As you can see from FortTory’s tweet, this animation is different from the normal swimming animation. You can dive, swim, and float in place while underwater.
There are still a ton of questions to be answered on this front. Will we able to swim underwater indefinitely or will we have an oxygen meter? Will this only be allowed on certain areas of the map? Does this mean we’re getting an underwater POI?
Underwater swimming has always been a difficult concept in gaming. Unfortunately, it could lead to a host of bugs and issues if there are some blind spots in development. Let’s hope for the best, though, and trust Epic to get it right.
Fortnite v12.61 patch notes: aim assist changes, bug fixes & more
Take a look at everything that changed in the Fortnite v12.61 patch notes.
The Fortnite v12.61 content update released this morning, which marks the final update of Fortnite Season 2. It was a small patch and one that was largely geared toward preparing the game for the rumored Doomsday event.
Most of the interesting parts of v12.61 came in the form of leaks, which we’ll cover in some separate articles. There were a few above-board changes, though. We’ll delve into them here.
Aim assist changes
The most noteworthy change was to controller aim assist on all platforms. This one is tricky since we need to rely on community reporting to tell exactly what’s different.
Early reports had it that close-range aim assist was lowered by 20%, mid-range aim assist was lowered a bit, and long-range aim assist was buffed. Our early testing shows very little difference from the old system, however. Casual players probably won’t notice a difference, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Storm the Agency Challenges
Storm the Agency will, almost certainly, be the last batch of challenges before Season 3. We aren’t getting any Overtime Challenges, so these will have to do.
The new challenge set has not been released at the time of writing but should be available later today or this week. They may be released as late as Thursday, ahead of the Doomsday event. We’ll cover the challenge tutorial in a separate guide.
Epic appear to have changed storm circles in the v12.61 update, as well – at least in public matches. The first phase of the storm closes much more quickly – but on a larger circle. The circle then gets much smaller, causing some players to have to rotate, quite quickly.
The circles aren’t perfect, either. Just take a look at this tweet from broadcaster AussieAntics. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.
There weren’t too many bug fixes in this patch. The biggest issue that was addressed was the inability to refund the Dragacorn Glider for some players. Here’s everything that was fixed in v12.61:
- Numbers not changing on sports-themed Outfits
- Unable to refund Dragacorn Glider
- iOS players hitching at high rate
We’ll update this post with any additional changes that surface as more players get their hands on the new patch. This was a small one, though, and largely focused on adding the Doomsday Device to the game.
Leaked Fortnite v12.61 update skins and cosmetic items
Fortnite update v12.61 has arrived, and while Epic Games didn’t add many new skins or cosmetic items to the game, data miners and leakers have been sifting through the files and given us a look at what’s to come before the end of Chapter 2, Season 2.
Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with the highly anticipated Doomsday event set to rock the game to its foundations as Epic Games moves to Season 3.
With the current season drawing to a close, the game’s developers have released the v12.61 Update on May 26 which includes a number of leaks as to what the event will entail.
For those who are looking a new skin or some new dances moves, though, Epic have added some new additions to the files which will be released over the next week or so.
Cyclo Doomsday skin and Windshear Cloak
There’s only one new skin in the game this week, but it appears to have major links to the end of Season 2, with the mysterious and imposing skin added to the files under the name “Hurricane,” prompting many to wonder if he is set to unleash the natural disaster onto the island.
On top of that, there is also a brand-new cloak that goes with Cyclo Doomsday, which appears to have been battered by winds and torn in places at the bottom. You can view the skin and back bling below courtesy of @Lucas7yoshi.
Drake’s Toosie Slide comes to Fortnite
Definitely the most surprising addition to the game, global megastar Drake has made his first appearance in Fortnite, with a brand-new emote appearing in-game based on a dance from the music video for his latest single, Toosie Slide.
The track debuted on April 3, and was then eventually released as part of his new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It immediately became a hit on TikTok, with creators dancing along to the instructions featured in the song, and now Fortnite players can do the same. You can watch the Toosie Slide emote in action below, thanks to @HYPEX.
On top of that, Epic have actually licensed the song, so when you’re sliding in front of your downed enemies, they’ll hear October’s Very Own singing along.
Fortnite’s v12.61 patch is expected to be the final patch before Chapter 2, Season 3 kicks off, so it was always likely that new cosmetics would be in short supply this week. Data miners are still sifting through the files though, so if any more are discovered we’ll be sure to update this article.
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