Many professional players and streamers have threatened to boycott the B.R.U.T.E. mech, but Ninja isn’t convinced of this strategy.

Epic Games added the B.R.U.T.E. into Season X with little regard for gameplay balancing and this has led to uproar from all facets of the community. It’s actually quite rare to see such a united front against a poor decision from the studio. As of now, Epic has promised to work on mech bugs and delivered a small nerf to Arena spawn rates.

Streamers and other influential Fortnite players have begun to call for a boycott of the BRUTE and Fortnite. While this move could work in theory, Ninja put out his two cents on the topic and he doesn’t sound very positive about the boycott.

Ninja explains why BRUTE boycott won’t work

The B.R.U.T.E. hasn’t garnered much support from the community as it completely destroys the very foundations of the game. Builds no longer matter, resources can be gathered at lightning speeds, and kills are simply a click or press away.

You would think Epic Games would begin to get scared when big names like DrLupo and Ninja just leave your game for PUBG. However, it seems that these influencers are having little effect on the developers’ decision making. In many ways, Epic has been doubling down on the B.R.U.T.E.

Ninja has seen this trend and gave his thoughts quickly on his Mixer stream.

Ninja on Epic removing our overpowered buddy from r/FortNiteBR

The “four of us” Ninja is referring to in the clip are himself, DrLupo, TimTheTatMan, and Cloak. That’s a lot of star power packed into a single lobby of streamers. If those four can’t sway the minds of Epic, then we guess nothing will.

But what does that mean for Fortnite and its community in the long run? It means that community opinions don’t matter and that Epic will simply do what it wants without giving feedback a chance to morph gameplay.

With that said, we tend to disagree with Ninja’s evaluation here. Pressure does work, but you’ve got to remain adamant in the face of all odds. In order for change to occur, you can’t simply lay down your sword at the first sign of trouble.

Game “design” at its finest

What we mean, in practical Fortnite terms, streamers must be ready to sacrifice some viewers and money. TimTheTatMan has already returned to the game just two weeks after the mech’s release.

Epic Games won’t change the B.R.U.T.E. until they start feeling the heat and that means perseverance. We understand that streamers need to listen to their own fans as well, but if they truly want the mechs gone, they need to realize that this might become a long process.

We genuinely hope that this situation gets resolved quickly. There are more important things for Epic Games to look forward to like the new Fortnite Champion Series and the possible inclusion of ‘no-build’ modes to bring in new waves of players.

What are your thoughts on how the B.R.U.T.E. mech’s power could be mitigated?

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