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Pro Fortnite players erupt in anger over Epic’s competitive update post

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Epic Games released an ill-fated blog update on Friday featuring explanations for siphoning changes, competitive updates, and more. Pros aren’t happy with the post and expressed their anger on Twitter.

Competitive Fortnite can’t be described as a proper esport yet due to a variety of factors. Lack of consistent events, lack of practice grounds, and an evolving game that present players with little concrete practice for upcoming events (World Cup is being played over the course of three seasons).

Epic Games has tried to solve these issues by throwing money at the problem ($30 million dollars worth of money), but pro players will not sit quietly by as their career is steered wildly around in circles.

Pro Players want their voices heard

Epic Games has been fairly silent about ongoing problems facing competitive Fortnite. Most of these problems have been directly caused by the studio’s adamant stances on keeping up with a rapid update schedule.

Not only does the update schedule of Fortnite hurt the competitive scene, but it has also been reported that Epic Games is mistreating their employees to deliver content.

In response to Epic’s latest update blog post, pro players have erupted in anger and morbid amusement. Epic’s lack of caring for its most passionate players might soon bite back.

Several pros simply tweeted out GIFs as their response as they were so lost for words.

These sum up the feelings we have about the bizarre Epic post exactly. Anger, but with a healthy dose of resigned confusion and defeat.

Liquid’s Chap put the feeling into words when he took to his Twitter. The tweets are fiery, but they speak to a truth that Epic should consider listening too. Even games with massive communities can come crashing down…

While we don’t agree that Fortnite is at the verge of ‘dying’ (a dumb concept of gaming culture to begin with), the premise of Chap’s argument rings true. Epic should listen to its most influential and best players above the wishes of the bottom 10% of players.

Additionally, Epic’s 90% number for people who don’t like the siphoning simply sounds ludicrous. The data is cherry-picked to support Epic’s decision and uses a metric that doesn’t actually tell anything about the quality of gameplay.

Ghost Gaming’s Dmo went ahead and copy-pasted Epic’s own passage from the blog about FOVs. Epic tried to justify the low FOV of 80 as a way to mitigate motion sickness…when players of all skills are reporting motion sickness specifically due to the low FOV.

Overall, as you can see, the reactions aren’t good. Epic Games completely dodged and evaded every hard question throughout the post. If they expected people to be content with the blog, they just aren’t getting it.

Maybe there is a minority of players that simply don’t care about competitive nor the welfare of the gameplay at large…but most players do care.

Most players do want those with motion sickness to have an option of higher FOVs. Most players want competitive Fortnite to thrive whether they play it or not. Most players want siphoning to return because it led to better fights and rewarded the better player.

Tell us your opinions on the blog post in the comments below.

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Fortnite Item Shop leak reveals Aquaman Villain

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New leaks hint at Aquaman villain Black Manta coming to Fortnite’s Item Shop in Season 3.

Epic Games has introduced many new changes following the release of Fortnite’s long-awaited Season 3, with new weapons, a flooded map and even Aquaman being added as a character in the popular battle royale.

However, it seems as if there are even more characters from the DC universe on the way, after new leaked game files were found. According to Hypex, Aquaman’s Villain Black Manta will also be added to Fortnite in Season 3.

Unlike Aquaman’s skin, which will be available through the battle pass challenges, Hypex revealed that Black Manta’s skin and the ‘Black Manta Blades’ pickaxe will be added to the Item Shop.

The DC Villain is expected to arrive in Fortnite’s Item Shop on Thursday, June 16 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET / 4 PM BST/ 5 PM CEST.

While an early look at the new skin and blades has not yet been revealed, it will likely look quite similar to how the character was portrayed in the Aquaman movie.

With the upcoming release of this new character and rumors swirling about a potential Atlantis point-of-interest being added in Season 3, it is possible that Black Manta could play a role in some of the upcoming changes leading into the next season.

The Atlantis location is expected to arrive once the water level has decreased enough, and the final stage of the map has already been revealed by leakers.

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Fortnite v13.20 Update patch notes

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It’s a new week, and that means that there’s a fresh update for us all to enjoy, as the Fortnite v12.30 patch goes live on all platforms on Tuesday, June 30, introducing a new weapon and a major change to an existing item.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 has been live for a few weeks, and while the first major update of the season made sweeping changes to the game, Epic haven’t sat on their hands, dropping the 13.10 update to add Firefly Jars, and a second patch on June 30.

The Flare Gun and Portable Upgrade Benches are the major inclusions in this week’s patch, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the new items.

Flare Gun

Epic love to include new weapons for us to try out, and the v13.20 Update is no exception, with the Flare Gun finally making it’s long-awaited debut in the game.

The weapon, which holds six cartridges and deals 60 damage on a direct hit, was first spotted in the game’s files all the way back in Chapter 1, but for one reason or another never made it to the full game. Finally, though, it’s arrived, and with its ability to start fires, it is the perfect way to burn through enemy structures and send them back to the pre-game lobby.

The Flare Gun is the latest weapon added to Fortnite.

Portable Upgrade Bench

The other major change is the to the Upgrade Bench, which can now be broken and carried around to be used whenever you need it.

Simply hit it with your harvesting tool and it will transform into floor loot, which you can pick up and place in your inventory.

The Upgrade Bench can now be broken.

Bug fixes

Of course, no Fortnite update is complete without some bug fixes, and we have a full list of glitches addressed by Epic thanks to their official Trello board.

General

  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Missing styles for the Specialist Pickaxe and Arroyo Pack Back Bling.
  • Rage Emote fire effect remaining on/near players.
  • Sandstorm Outfit missing hair.

Battle Royale

  • Party Assist Update
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match.
  • Fall damage from Ziplines while landing in shallow water.
  • Epic & Legendary SMGs sometimes cannot be sidegraded.
  • Damaging Marauders counting towards storm surge.
  • Chug Splash does not heal when thrown inside of a bush.
  • Supply Drops may sometimes push loot under the map.

Creative Mode

  • Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.
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Loserfruit Fortnite skin bundle: Leak and release date

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Loserfruit Fortnite skin

The next cosmetic item in Fortnite’s Icon series, this time for streamer Loserfruit, has been leaked, with the release date all but confirmed for June 21.

Following on from Ninja’s skin release earlier in the year, Loserfruit, one of the most popular Australian streamers, has been waiting on her skin coming to the game for months now.

Its initial launch was pushed back due to ongoing protests around the world, but it looks like it’s finally getting a proper release.

On June 21, a handful of leakers got their hands on the encrypted files for the skin, and accessed them, showcasing a full, high-quality look at the skin we’ll soon be able to rock in-game.

Featuring a replica of Loserfruit’s hoody with rainbow-colored arms, the arm portions light up spectacularly, and there is also a backpack that mirrors her own real-life version.

Loserfruit skin release date and price

The skin is set to release on June 21, now confirmed by Epic Games. Reliable data miner iFireMonkey says that a source has confirmed this date for the entire bundle.

The bundle includes a fruity pickaxe too, as well as the Bounce Berry emote.

The skin will be available at 8pm ET. It will cost 1,500 V-Bucks for just the skin, or 2,000 for the whole bundle.

Loserfruit herself is actually already rocking the skin in-game on her stream, thanks to exclusive access before the rest of us, so you can see it in action here.

We’ll keep you updated when the skin bundle is available to purchase in the item shop.

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