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.
Ninja announces first YouTube Stream
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has announced his first stream on YouTube.
Update 7/8 12:54 PM: According to Slasher, Ninja has yet to sign an exclusive deal with any platform. This first stream is not part of any deal. “Maybe he’ll stream on Twitch too.”
Original article: On July 8, one of the most popular Fortnite streamers on any platform, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, announced that he’d be beginning the next chapter of his streaming career on YouTube. This news comes after weeks of speculation as to where Ninja and Shroud would land following Mixer’s shutdown.
To many fans, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Ninja was the first streamer to sign an exclusive deal with Mixer, and Twitch didn’t seem to take too kindly to his leaving. Twitch immediately removed Ninja’s partnership and even started promoting other Fortnite streams on his channel. The situation came to a head when a channel view-botted their way to the top of the Fortnite category while streaming pornographic content. This was, of course, promoted in Ninja’s old channel.
Additionally, Ninja’s good friend, Jack ‘CourageJD’ Dunlop has been incredibly successful after making the switch to YouTube. The cherry on top of this speculation sundae was that Ninja accidentally scheduled a public test stream on YouTube on July 7. His move was finally confirmed the following day, July 8.
Ninja will be hosting his first YouTube stream today, July 8. Hopefully, this means that the always-entertaining Ninja Battles Fortnite tournament series can resume – a weekly dose of high-level, invitation-only competitive Fortnite gameplay.
At the time of writing, Ninja has only tweeted his YouTube stream for all of his followers. This does not mean that he has signed an exclusive deal – only that he wants to get back to streaming. We’ll update this post when he goes live and gives the fans some additional information.
Ninja will look to continue his growth on YouTube, focusing on creating videos and streams for his fans. We’re excited to see how many people tune-in for Ninja’s first YouTube stream. It’s great to have one of the faces of Fortnite back on the streaming grind.
SypherPK offers several solutions to Fortnite’s biggest problem
SypherPK gives his thoughts on how Fortnite can solve the problem of Fortnite lobbies dying out too quickly.
There are always going to be some problems in Fortnite. As is the case with any popular game, fans will always have something to complain about – both justifiably and not. Right now, though, the biggest problem in Fortnite is the pacing of public matches.
Nearly every Fortnite match plays out in a similar way as your last one. You land, loot, fight, and then spend the entirety of the mid-game phase battling Marauders and rotating to the zone. Fights are isolated to the early and late-game scenarios because the bulk of the lobby is gone before the first zone closes.
This has been an issue for the entirety of Chapter 2, and possibly longer. It’s more highlighted now, as other games like Warzone and Hyper Scape solve the problem.
Both aforementioned titles make it easy to revive dead teammates – much easier than it is in Fortnite. Warzone also has 150 players in each map, furthering the number of mid-game engagements. Hyper Scape, on the other hand, evenly distributes players to ensure that one location isn’t overrun.
Most players point to skill-based matchmaking as the culprit, but as SypherPK highlighted, this isn’t the issue. In fact, without SBMM, lobbies might dry-out even faster as good players eliminate all of the bad players they encounter.
During a recent stream, Sypher outlined the differences between Hyper Scape, Warzone, and Fortnite. He presented several ways that Fortnite could emulate these Battle Royales to help increase the number of players who survive in each match.
Sypher gave an in-depth explanation as to why Fortnite matches can seem so slow. The general point seems to be that Fortnite players have outgrown the current system as the Battle Royale genre has moved in an aggressive and fast-paced direction.
Many players have discussed upping the player count in public Fortnite matches, but competitive matches suggest that the server stability might now be able to handle it. Instead, Sypher presented a list of other solutions.
- Making the bus move faster
- Making gliders faster
- Spawning players with a weapon
- Making it easier to reboot teammates
- Evenly spreading players by default
- Adding another bus to public matches
- Adding a Gulag mechanic
These may not all solve the problem that Sypher is trying to address, but they take a stab at it. It’s clear that Epic need to do something about lobbies dying too quickly. New weapons and items won’t solve this one.
Ninja’s test stream points to potential YouTube signing
Fans are speculating, heavily, that Ninja will be moving to YouTube Gaming.
Ever since Mixer dissolved overnight, fans of popular streamers have been speculating about where two of the biggest names in gaming will land: Shroud and Ninja. The consensus was that Shroud would return to Twitch, while Ninja would head off to YouTube. Fans of the latter will remember the fallout that Ninja and Twitch had when the streamer left – leaving little chance of the two entities settling their differences.
At the end of the day, YouTube and Twitch were the only two realistic options for these streamers – short of the rumors of a new streaming platform. Both Ninja and Shroud turned down massive contracts from Facebook Gaming, signifying that they wouldn’t want to join their platform for any amount of money.
We haven’t heard any news about where Ninja would land since Mixer shut down. He is, undoubtedly, in the midst of contract negotiations with his future platform, but we hadn’t seen any concrete clues that pointed to Twitch or YouTube.
That was, until July 7 when the streamer scheduled a test stream on YouTube. The scheduled test was set to take place on the same day and, as Hypex stated in a tweet, likely wasn’t supposed to be public. It was, though, and has fans speculating that Ninja is heading to YouTube Gaming.
As we touched on, above, this is far from a surprise. Ninja’s friend, CourageJD, has been killing it on YouTube – actually seeing his viewership increase after switching over from Twitch.
Although this test stream doesn’t confirm anything, it provides us with a strong hint that Ninja is moving to YouTube Gaming. It also tells us that the official announcement may be sooner rather than later. This is all one more step to having one of the biggest Fortnite streamers on any platform back – his incredibly entertaining “Ninja Battles” tournament series with him.
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