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How a positive attitude helped this 13-year-old Deaf Fortnite streamer reach success

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One of Fortnite’s youngest rising stars, Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler, has been enjoying the wild ride that Epic’s BR has been able to provide. As a 13-year-old streamer who is also deaf, we chatted with Ewok about her positive outlook on life and finally meeting Timthetatman at the Fortnite Summer Block Party.

Most 13-year-old children spend their days hanging with friends or participating in after-school activities, but not Ewok.

The majority of her days are spent in front of her computer where she spends countless hours practicing and streaming Fortnite.

Ewok boasts an impressive social media following with over 135,000 followers on Twitch, and 54,000 on Twitter.

According to Ewok, Timthetatman changed her life back in March 2019 when he hosted her on Twitch. Her viewer count went from a couple of hundred viewers to thousands.

Since then she has squadded up with Fortnite superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and even participated in the Fortnite Pro-Am with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert.

Ewok was able to donate $20,000 to youth programs within the National Association of the Deaf thanks to her and Benkert’s winnings from the Pro-Am.

We were able to ask the 13-year-old a few questions about her experience with Fortnite, and rising to internet stardom within the past few months. Thanks to Ewok for taking the time to chat with us!

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AZ: Hi! How are you? Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Did you have fun at the Fortnite Summer Block Party?

Ewok: Hi. My pleasure. It was a lot of fun because you get to meet all of the people you looked up at for years. The atmosphere was amazing, you get to see so many people being hyped up about Fortnite. Everyone was going there to watch the greats go against each other.

AZ: Timthetatman hosted you back in March which you said: “changed your life”. What are some things that have changed within your life? Do you find people to be more friendly towards you?

Ewok: Before Tim hosted me, I averaged 5 viewers. He brought in 24,000 viewers when he hosted me, and ever since then, I’ve averaged maybe 400. He kinda made me an instant celebrity, like literally overnight. I owe him so much. I love that guy. If it wasn’t for him and the host, I honestly don’t know where I would be. So many things kept happening ever since then, it was like a chain reaction. Bless his heart. I also must say this, it took a village to make this possible, my family, friends, and fans. There have been many nice people in the Twitch community who also helped me get to where I am today. It wasn’t just Tim, but he definitely gave me a huge boost, he thrust me onto the bigger stage.

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AZ: You also stream on Twitch to an impressive following of over 135,000. Back in March, you were at about 10,000 Twitch followers. Has it been difficult to keep up with your growing community?

Ewok: Thanks, and now it’s over 180,000. I have been so blessed with wonderful mods who helped keep the chat family-friendly where everybody can enjoy it and interact with each other. I don’t know what I would do without my mods, they are awesome.

AZ: Being a 13-year-old teenager has its own struggles, but you are also deaf. Last weekend the team at Epic and several personalities learned ASL (American Sign Language) in order to accommodate you during the Fortnite Block Party. Would you like to see more events offer options like these for those who have disabilities?

Ewok: Yeah, I gotta tell you. That was beyond impressive. They definitely made a lasting impression on my life by welcoming me in my language, ASL. It’s like they embraced who I am as a Deaf person. They made me feel like I am part of the family. Of course, I would love to see more people learning sign language and it does actually benefit everyone. Diversity is what makes the community great, and even better when it’s being celebrated.

AZ: Last but not least, who was your most difficult opponent during the Fortnite Pro-Am?

Ewok: I would have to say Nick Eh 30. He killed me twice. GGs.

AZ: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with me. Good luck!

Ewok: Thank you for the opportunity. If you ever want to do this again, I’d be happy to. The Pro-Am is definitely one of the best moments of my life and I will never forget it.

Ewok has not announced if she will be at the World Cup, but she did post an awesome video wishing all the competitors the best of luck.

With the Fortnite World Cup taking place next weekend from July 26 to July 28, tons of Fortnite stars are expected to attend and enjoy the festivities!

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Fortnite v14.20 leaked skins and cosmetic items

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A new Fortnite update is winging its way to players on all platforms, and as always, that means dataminers have leaked some of the skins and cosmetic items found in the files of September 23’s 14.20 update.

Fortnite’s latest patch dropped on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a brand-new Takeover LTM, and the official arrival of Wolverine, who is now patrolling around Weeping Weeds. Should you defeat him in combat, you can harness the strength of his adamantium claws, as the latest mythical power in the game.

Of course, a new patch means new cosmetics, and dataminers have already been scouring through the patch files to give us a look at what’s coming to the Item Shop over the new couple of weeks. Thanks to @Lucas7yoshi on Twitter for these leaks.

Leaked 14.20 Skins

Fortnite fans will have four new skins to enjoy following this update, with two new superheroes in the form of Hyacinth and Morro, who have come from “forgotten lands” and “long lost worlds” to join the fight on the island.

There’s also a vampire hunter known as Victoria Saint, who comes with two skin styles, and Sagan, who who is wearing a snazzy black and orange outfit.

Fortnite fans have four new skins to enjoy. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Back Bling

With Rocket League going free to play on the Epic Games Store from September 23, it’s no surprise that there are some cosmetics from the popular game in Fortnite to celebrate the good news, with players able to equip the iconic Octane car as a back bling.

There’s also a special birthday cake to celebrate Fortnite’s third birthday, plus custom back blings for each of the four new skins.

Rocket League arrives as part of the 14.20 cosmetics. Crredit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Emotes

There are 5 new physical emotes for players to enjoy, including a special birthday one that allows players to celebrate with some cake, while there are also some new dances in anticipation for the BTS event that’s happening in-game.

Rocket League gets an emote and a spray, as does the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2, Season 4.

BTS fans will have some special emotes for their upcoming event. Credit: Lucas7yoshi

Leaked 14.20 Harvesting Tools & Gliders

Only four Harvesting Tools arrive this week, with three of them designed Hyacinth and Morro, including a normal pickaxe, and dual swords in their respective colors. Victoria Saint gets an axe and a stake to use when hunting vampires, and Sagan gets her own pickaxe called Tangerine Terror.

There’s also a solitary glider, which is also for Hyacinth and Morro if you would like to complete the look.

Victoria Saint’s stake will be perfect for hunting vampires. Credit: Lucas7yoshi
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Fortnite 14.20 patch notes: Wolverine arrives, Takeover LTM

Fortnite’s v14.20 update has arrived, bringing us a new LTM and new hero in Wolverine

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Wolverine standing in front of Stark Industries

Season 4’s Marvel theme continues, as the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” prepare for the arrival of the evil Galactus, who is determined to alter reality on the island forever. The villain has already dropped drones and Gorgers on the map in preparation for his immenent attack.

Now, another superhero has landed on the map as preparations continue, with Wolverine and his adamantium claws debuting in Fortnite in the Wednesday, September 23 update, along with preparations for the special BTS event.

Wolverine Arrives

Fighting on the island is about to get even more difficult, with the X-Men’s Wolverine landing on the island, and taking control of Weeping Woods in the south of the map.

Like other superhero bosses in the game, Wolverine will drop his mythical Wolverine’s Claw power when he is defeated by players, who can then pick it up and wield the power of ‘Experiment X,’ although fair warning, Epic Games have already said that “he won’t go down without a fight.”

Takeover LTM

Alongside a new hero, there’s also a fresh Limited-Time Mode to jump into, with the Marvel-based Takeover which has you fighting for control of outposts that are scattered across the map.

As always, normal weapons and items will be available to be picked up and looted, but in this mode, everyone will start with a random superpower and will be able to acquire more abilities by keeping an eye out for comets in the sky, that will land on the island and drop new powers.

New Storm Hero Ability

Wolverine wasn’t the only hero added in the v14.20 patch – at least not in the ability department. Storm’s hero ability came into the game in this update.

You may have already experienced Storm’s ability in one of the Marvel LTMs, but it’s quite a bit different in the base game. This one, largely, revolves around dealing fall damage to opponents. In the LTMs, there are numerous ways to avoid fall damage.

It’s still early, but Storm’s mythic ability looks to be one of the most powerful offensive tools in Fortnite Season 4.

Bug Fixes

As always, Epic Games have been hard at work fixing any bugs or glitches that appear in the game, in an attempt to make sure the game runs slowly, and improve quality of life for all players.

The good news is that there are no major glitches afflicting the game at this moment, so the bug fixes in this update are relatively small, but are still a nice inclusion for anyone who has encountered them. You can take a full look at the 14.20 bug fixes taken from Epic’s official Trello board below.

Battle Royale

  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Fishing Spots can disappear on PC with effects set to ‘Low.’
  • Heroes Park and Ghost House don’t count as Discovered Locations after discovering them.
  • Groot Awakening Island missing.
  • Boundless set sticker customization: menu sticker limit.

Creative Mode

  • Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
  • Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.

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Will Fortnite be banned in the US after Tencent investigation?

Epic Games has received a letter from the Committee on Foreign Investment involving their investor, Tencent. What does this mean for Fortnite?

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News has been swirling about the potential ban of TikTok in the United States, recently. Banning the biggest app in the world not only has implications for the millions of users but also for other companies that have attracted similar scrutiny from the US government. That ban has recently been put on hold, but it still could be coming later this week.

Namely, the Chinese technology company, Tencent, is under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Tencent is one of the largest gaming companies in the world and boasts ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.

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A recent report from Bloomberg stated that Epic and Riot – among other companies – have received letters requesting them to turn over information about their security protocols, including how they handle the personal data of their US-based customers.

Epic Games is an American Company, but Tencent has a large stake in them. Epic may have access to the personal data of their customers, and the US government is concerned about what they’re doing with it. In China, companies and the government aren’t as separated as they are in the US and other countries.

So, what does this mean for Fortnite? Well, it’s too soon to be 100% sure. We’ve seen some outlets waffling over whether or not Fortnite will face a ban, similar to what we’re seeing with TikTok. We’re no experts, but we don’t see this happening.

Tencent has a minority stake in Fortnite. At most, we expect them to be forced to sell their stake in the developer and move on. It might be more tricky with companies like Riot Games, where Tencent owns a controlling stake. Fortnite, however, should be safe.

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