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Ninja & SypherPK advocate for “soft” skill-based matchmaking

SypherPK and Ninja give their thoughts on the removal of skill-based matchmaking in Fortnite.

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Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) has been a hot topic in the Fortnite community since its implementation in Chapter 2 Season 1. Games became more difficult for good players and easier for bad players, as intended.

Over time, solo games for high-skilled players became far more one-dimensional than they were in the past. Now, solo and duo matches play out like competitive games, even though there’s nothing on the line.

Meanwhile, new players and bad players are getting more wins than anyone. It’s common to see a bad player grab several wins in a day while a good player struggles to find one.

Recently, Epic removed skill-based matchmaking from Squads. As a result, streamers and pro players began focusing on this mode and going for high-kill games. This group loves the change, but bad players are paying the price.

Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan discussed this topic during one of their recent streams. The duo destroyed a team of bad players and discussed whether or not the removal of SBMM is good for the entire Fortnite community.

Streamers, pros, and skilled players love the removal of SBMM, but what about the casuals? What about the players who haven’t played the game since the old days? They’re the ones who fall victim to these streamer 40-bombs.

“I think there’s still a lot of issues, for sure,” Sypher told Ninja when asked about the new system. “You can still have skill-based (matchmaking), but it has to be a lot softer than it was.”

Sypher went on to say that there should be different “ranges” of skill for Fortnite matches. “It’s tricky, but I think it needs to be a soft skill-based, somehow.”

Both streamers agreed that new players should be placed into their own category to prevent skilled players from bullying them over and over again. After a certain number of wins, kills, and high placements, you’d move onto the next range of MMR (matchmaking rating).

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The removable of SBMM in Squads highlights the problem with no skill separation. Bad players won’t want to play this mode, anymore. If Epic remove SBMM from all modes, casual players will likely quit, altogether.

It was a smart idea to remove SBMM in Squads if only to show the community why some sort of matchmaking system is needed. We’ll have to see how Epic proceeds from here.

They want to keep casual and new players coming while catering to those who play the game every day. It’s a delicate balance and it’s difficult to tell what the right move would be.

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Ninja claims he made $5M from his Fortnite Creator Code in a single month

During his return to Fortnite, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins claimed he once made $5M in a single month from his Creator Code.

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During a recent stream on Twitch, gaming superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins claimed that he made $5 million in a single month through Fortnite’s Creator Code program.

Epic Games first introduced the Support-a-Creator code program back in 2018. In the middle of Chapter 1 Season 6, players could enter a code while purchasing items from the shop. A small portion of each sale would then go to the creator whose code was used.

This eventually branched out into other games owned by Epic Games. Rocket League content creators and streamers have their own codes that can be used in the item shop. While it isn’t too difficult to qualify for a Fortnite Creator Code, it takes a lot to turn a decent profit.

Ninja makes $5M from Fortnite Creator Code

Yesterday, May 13, 2021, Ninja returned to Fortnite live for the first time in months. While playing with pro-player NRG Ronaldo, the two started to discuss wages earned from their Creator Codes. Ninja stated, “I think the most I’ve ever made in a month off of the Creator Code was like five-mil. I’m not joking.

While there hasn’t been any physical evidence showing that Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has made this much money, it wouldn’t be surprising. Ninja was once the largest streamer on Twitch and has made multiple million-dollar deals since his peak.

Ninja has proven in the past that he is more than capable of taking advantage of situations like the Fortnite Creator Code program. When Twitch introduced its Prime Subscriptions, fellow streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek accused Ninja of sub botting. When in reality, Ninja continuously plugged and encouraged his viewers to sign up for Twitch Prime and use their free subscriptions on his stream.

Since returning to Twitch after being bought out of his contract with Mixer, Ninja has seemed quiet compared to his career’s peak. He’s no longer flossing by himself in Time Square or playing Fortnite at Coachella.

That being said, Ninja’s remarkable gaming career has yet to be matched by someone else. Even with the likes of Grefg pulling millions of viewers in a single stream, or Dr. Lupo who raises millions of dollars a year for charity. Ninja’s presence in the media outside of gaming is what separates him from the rest of the gaming community.

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Co1azo shows how to get scroll wheel reset on controller

Fortnite controller pro, Co1azo, has a new attachment that allows him to utilize scroll wheel reset on his controller.

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Fortnite controller player, Co1azo, bought a piece of tech that allows him to use scroll-wheel reset on his controller.

The debate of controller vs Keyboard & mouse will likely never end in the Fortnite world. Nerfs to aim assist on PC have calmed the polarizing topic, but there are still players who argue for their input.

There are benefits and disadvantages to KBM and controller. Controller players are known to have superior movement options because of their joystick, while KBM players benefit from more precise editing and, of course, scroll wheel reset.

Recently, controller pro Co1azo showcased a new addition to his setup. He purchased a standalone scroll wheel that attaches to his controller. Since Fortnite allows players to use both inputs at the same time, the device allows Co1azo to use his controller and reset edits with the scroll wheel.

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It looks like Co1azo is using a product from Plus Gear. You can find their shop here.

“It’s really hard to get used to,” Co1azo explained while showcasing his new piece of Fortnite tech.

When a viewer asked him why he’s using it, Co1azo put it simply, “Because scroll wheel is f***ing overpowered as s****.” He went on to say that the new feature is best for “invisible” edits, where you reset a wall that you can’t totally see.

The stock of these parts is limited. At the time of writing, Controlla Scrolla is out of stock on their Etsy shop, with a restock date of April 12.

We’ll keep you updated on whether or not Co1azo sticks with his new scroll wheel long-term, or if any other controller players pick up on the trend. For now, we’ll have to watch him to see how effective the new piece of tech really is.

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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.

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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.

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