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Opinion: Ninja Battles is what we thought professional Fortnite would be

Ninja Battles has shown us that there’s a massive opportunity in invitational Fortnite tournaments.

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When competitive Fortnite was first announced, fans imagined Team Liquid going up against TSM and FaZe. Tfue and Cloakzy were battling Chap and 72hrs for the win. TSM boasted Myth, Daequan, and Hamlinz – three of the best players in the world at the time.

Those were the old days of competitive Fortnite, and they are way behind us. There’s been a massive changing of the guard, partially due to the open qualifiers for major tournaments.

These qualifiers were fantastic for unknown Fortnite players who have since grown their brand. Would people like UnknownxArmy or even Bugha have been invited to the World Cup if it was an invitational? We’re not sure.

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From a viewership perspective, however, it can be difficult to keep track of the constant turnover in the competitive scene. The leaderboard might be filled with names you’ve never heard of in any given tournament. It’s a double-edged sword that leaves some longtime Fortnite viewers behind.

Now, we have Ninja Battles: an invitation-only tournament that also features some of the biggest names in the competitive scene. Sure, there were a few content creators thrown into the mix, but winning the tournament was no small feat. Many of the household names in competitive Fortnite took part in the event, and the prize pool was a large one for an online tournament.

Ninja Battles Week 1 was an unquestioned success. The best news coming out of the event is that we have five more weeks of competition. After one week, it’s already shown us the version of competitive Fortnite we expected to see, all along.

Of course, there was some controversy during the tournament. ZaxRow has been banned after his cuss-filled post-game interview, and Clix issued an apology after leaving early. On top of that, the lack of Arena Mode caused each game to end in a heal-off.

These pros have seen the error of their ways, however, and Ninja Battles will take place in Arena Mode going forward. Ninja stated that the tournament gave him “old competitive Fornite” vibes, and he was dead-on. This was what many of us wanted competitive Fortnite to be.

The participants, largely, loved their experience as well. Nearly every competitor praised the tournament on Twitter. There were no complaints, no in-game controversies, no accusations of teaming – nothing that’s been plaguing the mainstream competitive scene for over a year.

We have several more weeks of Ninja Battles to look forward to, but hopefully, it doesn’t end there. Ninja Battles has shown us that invitational tournaments might be the best format for Fortnite – at least from a viewership perspective.

The FNCS and all other Fortnite tournaments will have their place, but the true ceiling of competitive success may lie in private, invitational tournaments.

Let’s hope that organizers, teams, and companies take note of this success and support this version of the competitive scene going forward. If we get more of what we had last night, then competitive Fortnite has some massive potential.

Esports

Bizzle joins old teammates after split with Commandment & Clix

Bizzle, Clix, and Commandment have split as Bizzle rejoins Dubs and Megga.

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There’s been a bit of shuffling in professional Fortnite trios over the past couple of days. The team of Bizzle, Commandment, and Clix has split, each going their separate ways. Bizzle joined his old partners, Megga and Dubs, While Commandment joined Edgey and Cented. For now, Clix is the only one of the three to not have a trio team.

This news comes after a rough server performance in a recent Trios tournament, which saw all of the players rubber-banding, lagging, and being lost in the storm with no way to get out. As Bizzle tweeted, the performance looked like one of the first Fortnite tournaments to exist.

Following this tournament, Commandment was the first to announce that he’d be leaving the team. Bizzle released a TwitLonger, stating that he’d be teaming back up with Megga and Dubs rather than looking for a third player to join him and Clix.

The TwitLonger also took aim at the current state of competitive Fortnite along with the server performance. “The Shockwave launcher disabled us from playing the way we were used to and crazy end game lag lead to a lot of thrown games. Every game we would have height, or outplay the team who had it and take it from them, and with the Shockwave launcher being in the game it completely ruined our play-style and attitude,” he wrote.

Despite the split, the three players appear to be on good terms with one another. Clix replied to Bizzle’s tweet, telling him that he’s the best player that Clix has played with.

The most interesting part of this situation is that Chap and Edgey called this split a few weeks back. The dueling trios were having a grief battle in pro scrims, leading to Chap telling his team and viewers, “I can’t wait for this trio to split.”

Edgey, who is ironically now teamed-up with Commandment, told Chap and Av that Bizzle and Clix would “snake each other for Dubs and Megga.” It may not have ended in any bad blood, but that’s essentially what happened.

Although the Season 3 FNCS is Solos, most of the pros prefer the Trios format, meaning that’s what we largely see in scrimmages. We’re also seeing several Trios tournaments and Cash Cups this season, so we’ll undoubtedly see the new teams hit Season 3 soon. Now, all that’s left is to see where Clix lands. Fellow NRG member UnknownArmy needs a team…

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How to claim the new PlayStation Plus Celebration pack

Epic and Sony have joined forces to offer PlayStation players another free Fortnite cosmetic pack.

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Yesterday, we covered the news of Sony’s large investment in Epic Games and what that meant for Fortnite. One of our biggest takeaways in the article is that PlayStation would likely get some additional exclusive cosmetic bundles for their players.

It didn’t take long for this to come to fruition. A day later, Epic announced the new PlayStation Celebration bundle to go along with their other exclusive skins. This one includes the “Introducing” emote, Stratosphere Glider, and Down Arrow Contrail.

The Celebration Pack should be available to all players, worldwide, on July 10. Some players already have access to it. Those who have already claimed their exclusive Fortnite cosmetic items should know the process, but here it is for those who are unaware:

  • Visit the PlayStation Store
  • Navigate to Fortnite
  • Scroll down until you see the new Celebration Pack
  • Download the cosmetic pack.

This pack replaces the old Celebration Pack that included a couple of free skins, but you can grab both if the former pack is still in the shop. Don’t worry too much if you missed it, as we expect Fortnite to release several exclusive PlayStation packs in the future.

We don’t know how long this bundle will be in the store, but you can expect it to last a couple of months, at least. Grab it now to make sure you don’t miss out!

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What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite?

The implications of a massive investment on the biggest game in the world, Fortnite.

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On July 9, it was announced that Sony invested $250 million in Fortnite developer, Epic Games, making them a minority investor in the company. This brings Epic’s total investment capital to $1.58 billion.

Epic has been a major player in video games for a long time but made their biggest mark on the space with Fortnite, the game that we all came here to talk about.

Although Fortnite is Epic’s biggest product, at the moment, the company has their hands in several different titles and sources of income The Epic Games store, for instance, is looking to rival Steam by purchasing some massive games as exclusive content.

According to multiple reports, Sony’s investment in Epic will not affect the release of future titles. It’s not like Epic are going to make Fortnite a PlayStation exclusive. It might work in reverse, however. There’s a chance that Sony could bring some of their PlayStation exclusives to the Epic Games store on PC.

What does this mean for Fortnite? Well, in the words of Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, “Fortnite will never die.” This is a tad hyperbolic, but it’s clear that the gaming industry, as a whole, is ready for Fortnite to stick around for another ten years, or so. It wouldn’t be the first game to have a massive lifespan.

Apart from some additional money to work with, the biggest thing this means for Fortnite is probably in the cosmetic department. Now that Sony is a major investor in Epic, we can expect the developer to scratch their back with some exclusive skins.

Don’t worry, though. PlayStation players probably won’t get any priority when it comes to using new features or anything like that. What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite? Ten more years of our favorite battle royale.

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