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Russian player removed from match during Fortnite World Cup for screen watching

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During the Fornite World Cup Finals, 14 year old Mark ‘Letw1k3’ Danilov was removed from a match due to screen watching.

Cheating in Fortnite has been an annoying problem in the past six months and Epic’s handling of the issue hasn’t been all that great. Thankfully, the studio managed to sort out a possible cheating situation without much harm in the Fortnite World Cup Finals.

Due to the setup at the Finals, some players could see the spectator screens above them if they glanced past their own monitors. Letw1k3, a Russian player for Gambit eSports, looks to have attempted this ‘screen watching’ and got himself removed from a single match.

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While this may seem like a straight-forward story, the reasons leading to such an headline do pose serious questions. The story was originally reported by Polygon after the conclusion of the event.

According to a tweet that Letw1k3 retweeted, the player only peeked over his monitor for a second. Of course, this isn’t much of an excuse in the end, but the tweet makes a good point about XXiF’s ban nonetheless.

An Epic employee told Polygon that Letw1k3 did not just look over a single time. Allegedly, he was warned several times and continued to peak over. This led the staff to remove the player from the match due to ‘screen-watching.’ The removal came after “multiple warnings.”

A spectator in the crowd manged to capture a reaction from the player when he was informed. Remember, this was during the very last game of the series. Letw1k3 could have potentially went on to win tens of thousands more.

It’s important to note that the same Epic representative also mentioned that the player “was not disqualified and will not be fined” for his actions.

The Fortnite Guy interviewed the young player and asked him about the situation. Letw1k3 told the YouTuber that he had heard a “slam” from somewhere in the arena and instinctively looked up. While this might be truthful, the stadium was booming with noise and no other players peeked their heads up at the same time.

We would like to put this out there. Shouldn’t a player be punished for cheating on a world championship stage? Of course, the removal from the game is a form of punishment, but why let him keep the $50,000 for playing? We think Epic knows the real blame isn’t on Letw1k3, but rather on themselves.

Cheater or not…why was this even possible?

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Epic Games had been planning and creating the Fortnite World Cup Finals for months before its launch. One of the main rules of esports stages is that the players must not be able to view the spectator screens.

When players are playing for hundreds of thousands of dollars, if an advantage presents itself…many will take it. For this reason, the stages can’t allow for any form of screen-watching. Yet, Epic’s Finals stage had viewing angles for some players like Letw1k3 that allowed this to happen.

Designing an event where the players can’t see the screens isn’t easy, but it’s also not impossible. Epic’s budget for competitive gaming should be quite considerable due to the massive funding its gotten from the community via cosmetic sales. In our modern world, money makes things happen and a little more would have nipped this problem in the bud.

Of course, players shouldn’t cheat no matter what the motivation. We’re not condoning the possible cheating of Letw1k3, but Epic should’ve done better to ensure the integrity of the event.

With all that said, the problem was probably an oversight by the designers of the event. The main focus, as always for Epic, is the spectacle and the viewer experience. We love that approach and hope they can continue to deliver eye-popping experiences. However, with esports, competitive integrity should take priority over all other issues.

Putting this unfortunate story aside, the Fortnite World Cup Finals were an amazing event. The Duos Finals, won by Aqua & Nyhrox, delivered a tight race to the finish. In stark contrast, the Solos Finals saw Bugha dominate the competition and keep a lead through all six matches of play.

What are your opinions of the Fortnite World Cup Finals and competitive Fortnite’s future? From our viewpoint, the scene’s sure to grow if Epic continues to improve and focus on creating a better competitive environment going forward.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends, Season 3 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts. The season is off to a heated start, and it’s only going to get more intense.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 has just entered its second season, and it’s off to a great start. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ended without much warning ahead of time from Epic Games. In fact, only a day before the Season ended did we get an announcement for Season 2.

Regardless, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is off to a hot start. We have new POIs, weapons, and a flashy new Battle Pass. There’s also no building to start and an ongoing turf war.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 End?

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Fortnite Season 2 will end on June 3, 2022. This means the second season of the new chapter will last a little less than three months making it fairly short compared to Season 1.

This end date was found in the in-game files by data miners. Unlike last season where Epic Games listed two season end dates, there is only one end date this time around.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 3 to start on June 4.

That being said, leaker Shiina believes there will be an extended period of downtime after the season ends to prep for Season 3. We will know more about this delay as time draws closer.

Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event?

The final update for Fortnite Season 2 is here and we now have confirmation that, yes, there will be a live event!

The Season 2 live event will likely focus on stopping the new Doomsday Device from going off at Loot Lake. It is a very similar tower to that of Midas’ Doomsday Device in Chapter 2 Season 2.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 2. This is the second season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 2”, it’s technically Season 20.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

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For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 3 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite Omni Chip locations: how to upgrade Omni Sword in Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduces a pickaxes called the Omni Sword that players can customize using Omni Chips. Here’s how to get them!

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Epic Games has introduced Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2 which players can use to customize the new Omni Sword.

With each new Fortnite season, players can look forward to a new form of currency used to unlock different cosmetics. In seasons past, players had to collect feathers, paint cans, and alien artifacts.

Now, Fortnite Season 2 introduces Omni Chips. This seasonal currency can be used by players to unlock customization options for the Omni Sword.

Here’s how to unlock the Omni Sword and where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2.

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Where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2

In order to start collecting Omni Chips, players first need to unlock the Omni Sword Pickaxe. This is on page one of the Battle Pass and can be purchased for 7 Battle Stars.

Now that players have the sword, it’s time to start collecting Omni Chips. Each week, players will be given a new set of Omni Sword quests that reward them with Omni Chips once completed.

The quests are as simple as visiting specific locations and collecting Omni Chips. The maps below will show where that week’s chips are located starting with week 1.

Week 1 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni chips at Greasy Grove, Logjam Lumberyard, and Mighty Monument:

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Week 2 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Loot Landing, The Temple, and Chonkers Speedway.

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Week 3 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Synapse Station, Sanctuary, and Camp Cuddle.

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Week 4 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Daily Bugle, Condo Canyon, and Windbreakers.

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Week 5 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Rocky Reels, Launchpad, and Shifty Shafts.

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Week 6 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Seven Outpost II, Crispy Crater, and Tumbledown Temple.

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Week 7 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Sleepy Sounds, Command Cavern, and Cuddle Cruisers.

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Week 8 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Joneses, Shell or High Water, and Coney Crossroads.

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It’s important to note that while the challenges are released weekly, they won’t expire until the end of the season. Meaning you can wait until the last minute to collect all of the Omni Chips.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock Prowler in Season 2.

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How to unlock Marvel’s Prowler in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduced Marvel’s Prowler to the Battle Royale, and players can unlock him via the Battle Pass and a few challenges.

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Fortnite Season 2 adds not one but two Marvel characters to the game via the Battle Pass, but players might not be familiar with Prowler.

Season 2 started off hot with an amazing battle pass and a shocking removal of the game’s iconic building mechanic. Players were even more excited to see the Battle Pass had two crossover characters.

The first is Doctor Strange who has a new movie releasing in May. However, players may not be super familiar with the second crossover character. And it was surprisingly released alongside the Fortnite v20.20 update.

Prowler is an alias used by a number of people in the Marvel universe. But he most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as Miles Morales’ uncle. And the in-game skin is a similar depiction of the character.

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Unlocking Prowler in Fortnite Season 2

As mentioned before, Prowler was locked behind a time gate. Players can unlock him by completing special challenges starting on April 19.

There are nine cosmetic items in the Prowler set, and the skin comes in two styles. Players can unlock an emote, pickaxe, glider, and more in a little over a month.

His unlock requirements are identical to that of Superman or The Foundation. Once the timer runs out, players can complete Prowler-specific challenges to unlock each piece of the set.

Here are the Fortnite Season 2 Prowler challenges and rewards:

  • Headshot opponents with a thermal weapons x 3 – Mark of the Prowler wrap
  • Use a spray at The Daily Bugle – Prowler Tag spray
  • Collect 300 Bars – On The Prowl loading screen
  • Collect three different weapon types of Epic Rarity or higher in a single match – Prowler Banner Icon
  • Damage Opponents while crouched or sliding x 500 – Energy Claw Pickaxe
  • Mod a Vehicle, then drive it 500 meters in a single match – Prowler’s Grasp Emoticon
  • Complete 3 Prowler Quests – Prowler skin
  • Complete 7 Prowler Quests – Slash and Smash Emote/Sky Prowler Glider
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For more Forntite, check out when Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

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