Competitive Fortnite is a whole lot different than a lot of other esports. Griefing, teaming, and drop-spot sharing seem to bee weekly issues within the professional Fortnite community. There’s an incredibly thin line between sharing a drop spot and teaming – something that was explored in-depth following the FaZe Dubs ban in the FNCS.
In Fortnite, most pro players agree that it’s a bad idea to fight off of spawn. As long as their loot path isn’t impeded, most Fortnite players won’t push an opponent who lands with them – unless they’re mad.
That’s what happened during day-one of the FNCS Invitational Grand Finals. Clix eliminated his friendly rival, UnknownxArmy; dancing on his body after the elimination. Unknown didn’t take too kindly to this and decided to grief Clix by pushing him in the latter’s drop spot, Pleasant Park.
Most of these pros know where their opponents land. They constantly play scrimmages with one another and even team-up on occasion. Unknown knew where Clix could be found and pushed him for revenge.
For those who don’t know, this is considered ‘griefing’ in the competitive Fortnite community. Pros look down on this practice and rarely do it to one another. Most of the time, you’ll find no-name players landing on massive streamers to get their name out there.
Unknown even apologized for his actions in a Twitlonger, the following day. The Fortnite professional community is relatively unanimous on this topic.
Summit1G is not a part of the competitive Fortnite community. He has a background in several other competitive games – most notable CS:GO. The streamer was stunned by the controversy that this caused and expressed his amazement on Twitter.
“So if I’m playing Fortnite in an event,” he wrote, “Someone kills me and dances on my body. I get heated and happen to know their preferred landing locations. I’m not allowed to go after him in next round?”
Several competitive Fortnite fans and players jumped onto this tweet, claiming that Summit didn’t know what he was talking about. More than anything, this seems to be a cultural issue.
Fortnite is an environment where griefing is highly disliked, which we tend to take for granted. We could have easily seen a community where griefing was commonplace if people didn’t care about placements as much – especially if there was less money on the line.
Summit continued to double-down on his argument. “Man. Competitive Fortnite is so damn weird,” he wrote. He even suggested that Epic remove the drop phase in competitive Fortnite, which would eliminate mid-tournament griefing.
This would probably be something worth considering if Epic were open to it. It would help cut-down on teaming accusations and griefing, as you wouldn’t be able to change your drop spot mid-tournament. Of course, that would prevent players from making adjustments if they’re losing early-game fights.
Summit eventually relented, saying that he always gives competitive Fortnite players their respect – even if he dislikes the game. He made some interesting points within this argument, though, and questioned whether or not the current competitive Fortnite mentality is the best one.
Longtime NRG pro Zayt retires from competitive Fortnite
One of the original players in the competitive Fortnite community, Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin, has announced his retirement from the game.
One of the original competitive Fortnite greats, Zayt, has announced his retirement from competitive Fortnite.
In a landscape where Fortnite pros are outspoken about the dwindling tournament prize pools and lack of incentive to “grind” Fortnite, one of the most iconic pro player in the scene, Williams “Zayt” Aubin, has announced his retirement from competitive Fortnite.
“Before you guys freak out, I’m not leaving NRG, I’m staying in the Fortnite scene,” Zayt told his fans. “But … I’m gonna stop competing in Fortnite. I’m gonna stop playing tournaments, I’m gonna stop playing scrims.”
Zayt went on to say that he’ll be using his Fortnite knowledge to coach other players and analyze professional gameplay. He even used the phrase, “content creator,” which he has seemed to avoid in the past.
Zayt is one of the only players who has stuck with competitive Fortnite since the early days. He and Saf were one of the only Duos to make it through the World Cup era and remain together through all of the FNCS tournaments.
Saf commemorated the departure of his longtime duo partner with a collage on Twitter. “Gonna miss you, this one hits hard,” he wrote. “Thanks for everything. Love u bro @zayt.”
World Cup champion, Bugha, gave his thoughts on Zayt’s departure as well. The former related Zayt’s retirement to the current state of competitive Fortnite. Zayt retweeted the post, suggesting that he may agree with the sentiment.
“Seeing one of the best fortnite players quit the game is pretty weird,” Bugha wrote. “If changes aren’t made soon many others will most likely follow down the same path. Best of luck to your future @zayt.”
While we’re disappointed to see a monolith of competitive Fortnite leave the game, he isn’t leaving the scene. We’re excited to see what’s next for Zayt and which up-and-coming pros he’ll help lead to victory.
How to compete in the $250,000 DreamHack Open January competition
Fortnite competitive is kicking off 2021 with the return of the $250,000 DreamHack Open Fortnite tournament series.
The DreamHack Open Fortnite tournament series is returning for 2021, with the first event kicking off in January.
A new year means a new Fortnite competition to begin 2021. The DreamHack Open ft. Fortnite returns for January with another $250,000 up for grabs.
Sign-ups for the DreamHack Open begin this Wednesday, January 13. Here’s everything you need to know to compete in or watch the first competitive Fortnite event of 2021.
DreamHack January tournament details
Late last year, DreamHack switched their standard Fortnite tournament format from Solos to Duos, which most players and fans tend to prefer.
Like all of the DreamHack Fortnite events, the tournament will begin with open qualifiers, with 250 teams from each heat moving onto the semifinals. 50 duo teams then advance to the Grand Finals.
The DreamHack point system has become one of the favorites among Fortnite pros. These are high-scoring affairs, which means the point system rewards the most consistent performers
- 1st – 55
- 2nd – 49
- 3rd – 46
- 4th – 43
- 5th – 40
- 25th – 2
- Eliminations – 5 points each
Unlike past tournaments, the three regions (NA-West, East, and EU) will all compete the same week. Here are the dates and times for each region of the January DreamHack Open event:
Fri, Jan 22, 6PM-9PM
Sat, Jan 30, 2PM-5PM
Sat, Jan 30, 6PM-9PM
Sun, Jan 31, 2PM-8PM
Fri Jan 22, 6PM-9PM
Sat Jan 23, 2PM-5PM
Sat Jan 23, 6PM-9PM
Sun Jan 24, 2PM-8PM
Fri Jan 22, 6PM-9PM
Sat Jan 23, 2PM-5PM
Sat Jan 23, 6PM-9PM
Sun Jan 24, 2PM-8PM
You can watch all of the action play out on the official DreamHack Fortnite Twitch channel, or watch the POV of any of the competitors.
This is sure to be another great Fortnite competition to kick-off 2021. We’ll keep you posted with any additional news.
Benjyfishy, Nate Hill & more Fortnite pros speak out about dwindling prize pools
Fortnite pros like Nate Hill, Wolfiez, and Benjyfishy are speaking out about the low prize pools offered in Season 5.
Prize pools in competitive Fortnite are once again under fire from the pro community, who has seen them substantially decrease over the course of the last few seasons.
Epic Games recently announced the competitive schedule for Season 5, including the FNCS, Cash Cups, LTM competitions, and new Bragging Rights tournaments.
While the larger competitive Fortnite community was happy to see so many events in Season 5, the pro players quickly noticed the dwindling prize pool for paid events.
Epic lowering the prize pool of major Fortnite tournaments has been a topic of discussion for a few seasons. Pro players noticed that older tournaments contained drastically more money than those in the present day.
There are a few theoretical reasons for this shift. Competitive Fortnite may be past its peak regarding viewership and Epic are splitting prize pools across multiple platforms.
This didn’t stop pro players from voicing their concerns. NRG pro, Benjyfishy, even suggested that the competitive Fortnite scene could dry-up without high-paid tournaments.
Looking back at my old vids n s**t actually makes me sad like I miss daily cups I miss actually just wanting to grind the game 24/7 cause I genuinely enjoyed it and there was a good incentive to do it,” Benjyfishy wrote on Twitter.
Benjyfishy wasn’t the only pro to criticize Epic Games’ lack of recent attention to competitive Fortnite. Wolfiez made a joke about the Bragging Rights tournaments, comparing the “shoutout” prize to the millions of dollars up for grabs in 2019 and 2020.
Nate Hill even @ed the Fortnite Twitter account, suggesting that if they crowd-funded “a small % from every battle pass to the Prize pool, we could have real tourneys that people are interested in watching. No one cares who got first place in a vBucks tourney. Dota 2 – 34million. Fortnite – box of cupcakes.”
Competitive Fortnite still has strong viewership, with tier-one organizations continuing to sign Fortnite players. There’s no arguing with the statistics, though, Fortnite’s prize pools have gone down since 2019.
It’s too early to tell if 2021 will offer the least amount of money yet, but Season 5 doesn’t look like a great start for Fortnite pros. Until we have an official statement from Epic on the matter, pro players and fans will continue to speculate.
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